You can find anything in the jungle — even your soulmate.
Sebastian Galindo & Jacob Nolan launched a new dating app, Jungle. Users match when they choose at least one location for an ideal date in the area.
“The idea came from using other dating apps and being frustrated because you can have 100 matches, but it’s very hard to actually meet the person face-to-face,” Galindo said.
Galindo said that the easiest way to set up a date that follows through is to meet at a local restaurant rather than at someone’s house. He said that having common interests, especially when choosing a date location, is a great conversation starter. Thus, Jungle launched its first beta test on January 18.
Users select a list of fun activities such as brunch, movies, and a list of all nearby restaurants and bars. Once users select their favorite sports/activities, they start swiping on people that have at least one place in common.
The idea is that once you match, you can break the ice by talking about what you have in common. Jungle hopes to help local businesses that took a hit during covid get more traffic while making live dates happen. Jungle is building a technology where users are going to be able to make reservations through the app offering special deals.
Jungle has thousands of active users so far and it is expanding to major cities in Florida. Users have swiped over one million times and the user-to-match conversion is above 60%. Jungle executive team plans on going to a fundraise sometime this year, and raise somewhere near $15-30M for nationwide expansion. Jungle team has one mission and it is to provide daters with a more personal, intimate dating experience.