It’s a sunny Wednesday afternoon, you’re sitting outside at a café in Paris.
You see this beautiful person who is about to leave, and you get a warm fuzzy feeling.
Unfortunately, you don’t have time to introduce yourself, they’re already gone.
Until now, the only thing you could do was maybe post something in the missed connections section of Craigslist or the local equivalent. Happn is a new mobile dating app that uses your phone’s location to show you potential matches. It could be people you’ve crossed paths with and that you really wanted to see on Happn, it could also be someone you came across 44 times because you live in the same area.” When you open the app, you get a grid view with your latest encounters. You tap on a profile, you find all the interactions you would expect from a modern dating app.
“We invested a seed round without announcing it,” Alven Capital partner Jeremy Uzan told me in a phone interview.“We chose to keep it quiet as the company was still in stealth mode — we didn’t want to put it in the spotlight while the company was still experimenting.” Yet, Happn is now available in three countries and is getting a bit of traction.The app is quite addictive and a significant portion of the user base is opening it every day — sometimes multiple times a day. Officially launched in March 2014 in Paris, Happn now has 40,000 daily active users.London has nearly 10,000 daily active users after launching in March, and Berlin has between 7,000 and 10,000 daily active users after just a month.These numbers are still pretty small, but it’s very early for the company.Happn could push its app much more aggressively now that its retention numbers are looking good.