New York-based Asian dating website and app East Meet East has successfully closed a $1 million funding round. The investment will be used to further develop the mobile app and accelerate the company’s growth, particularly in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK and Hong Kong.
The funds were raised from 500 Startups, East Ventures, DeNA1, iSGS Investment Works, Shintaro Yamada (founder & CEO of Japan’s Mercari) and others.
Founded as a dating platform dedicated to serving the Asian population in English-speaking countries, East Meet East distinguishes itself from other dating sites by offering features created specifically for the Asian dating culture. The website and app’s proprietary features and algorithm incorporate the findings from years of research to address the needs of the Asian community.
Mariko Tokioka, CEO and co-founder, said:
“East Meet East focuses on the culture and values that exist in the Asian community, which we incorporate into our algorithm and features. For example, we have a feature that allows a user to connect with another user who emigrated to the United States at around the same age.”
The company will use the funds to continue its outreach within the Asian community and further develop the app. Furthermore, its ongoing collaborations with prominent Asian American and Asian Canadian YouTubers such as the Fung Brothers, David So, Linda Dong and Wong-Fu Production’s ISATV will play “an important part in these efforts”.
Learn more about East Meet East by visiting its website here.