New York, NY – Kickoff, the leading Latin American dating app which connects friends of friends, today announced that it has been acquired by Paktor, the leading mobile dating and social networking brand for singles in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. The sale creates a combined business with global scale in two of the world’s largest dating markets. The Kickoff app will continue to be developed by Paktor. Kickoff users will not experience any interruption in service. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Clayton Spencer, CEO of Kickoff, said, “We are pleased to have Kickoff, one of the fastest growing dating apps in the world, with over 1 million users registered in Latin America, join the Paktor family. Kickoff’s combination with Paktor provides the resources necessary to support Kickoff’s continued global expansion.”
Jose Ruano, CEO of Paktor International, said, “We have been impressed by Kickoff’s rapid growth across Latin America and its leading position amongst highly educated, affluent users. We look forward to expanding Kickoff and continuing our mission to build the world’s leading dating platform.
“Paktor shares our mission to help people find quality connections and our focus on providing the highest quality user experience. We are confident Paktor will build on the terrific service Kickoff users expect and develop new and exciting features for Kickoff that will further improve the dating experience,” said Alanna Phelan, COO of Kickoff.
Kickoff is a free dating app available on iOS and Android, which connects people with shared friends and shared interests. The app was launched in São Paulo in December 2014 and now operates with over 1 million users across Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. The app was founded by Jonathan Kieliszak (CTO), Alanna Phelan (COO), and Clayton Spencer (CEO). Kickoff was backed by Monashees Capital and prominent angel investors.
About Paktor Group
Founded in 2013, Paktor is the largest and most successful mobile dating and social networking brand for singles in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. With 7 million users using Paktor’s products, Paktor has become the de facto dating brand for singles in the region.
The company is the first in the region to provide a comprehensive suite of products across the dating vertical, focused on creating maximum value for singles seeking to connect with other singles around them, and in this process, Paktor has developed the most diverse and largest network of singles in its markets. Paktor’s offerings include: Flagship mobile application Paktor, available free on iOS and Android, web dating, premium matchmaking, curated event experiences and travel for singles. For more information, visit: www.gopaktor.com and www.facebook.com/GoPaktor
About Paktor International
Paktor International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Paktor Group, is the group’s international (ex-Asia) expansion arm led by Jose Ruano, a veteran with over 10 years of experience within the industry, most recently as Managing Director of Match Group in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.