Dawoon Kang, Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating app focused, first and foremost, on being women-friendly. It grew out of frustrations founder and COO Dawoon Kang and her two sisters had with existing apps on the market, which the three felt didn’t match how women wanted to date. As to why focusing on women has been successful, Kang said it’s because women are critical to the success of a dating app, but they’re also much harder to please. “Women have a really, really high bar when trying out dating apps and also very low bars in terms of just exiting right away when they don’t find what they want. Men will stick around, even if they aren’t meeting anyone. So our thesis was, provide the best service for women, and men will follow.”