|Type of site||Online Service|
|Revenue||$110 million USD (2012) |
AnastasiaDate is an online dating service with several web properties that primarily connects Western men with women from Russia, the former Soviet Republics, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. It was founded in 1993 by a Russian-American couple.
AnastasiaDate is a privately held company that operates online dating portals including AnastasiaDate, AmoLatina, AfricanBeauties, AsianDate, and Svadba.com. The company operates from Moscow, Russia and New York.
The company was founded in 1993 by a Russian-American couple, Elena and David Besuden, who met through an introduction service in 1992 and were married the same year. They named the company after Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia who was a young lady and a role model for young Russian women.
Initially, the couple used catalogs to introduce profiles to men in the U.S. This format was used at first, because the internet was not so well developed. The first website was launched on Jan 21, 1997. In 2011, AnastasiaDate was sold by Anastasia International to a private investor. In 2013, the company launched its first mobile app for iTunes and Google Play.
The site has four million members in over 110 countries. The average age of the female members, who primarily hail from Russia and The Commonwealth of Independent States, and who access the site through Svadba.com (in Russian), is about 25 years old.
On February 13, 2013, AnastasiaDate released a survey conducted by Harris Interactive from February 4–6, 2013, among 2,090 adults age 18 and older. The survey results revealed that one in four men are too lazy to go out and find the woman of their dreams, and of those who do, one quarter are too nervous to speak to a woman they find attractive. 74 percent of all respondents believe that technology has made dating much easier, and 55 percent said that one of the benefits of online dating is that they can get to know the person before committing to an actual in-person date. Results from the survey were featured in numerous articles online, including Daily News (New York), Mashable, San Francisco Chronicle, and CNET.
AnastasiaDate was featured in a Canadian documentary film directed and edited by Julia Ivanova, Love Translated, which premiered at the 46th annual Chicago International Film Festival, aired on Discovery Fit & Health, and was reviewed by Roger Ebert  and Variety Magazine. Ivanova documents ten men from the United States, Canada, France, and Sweden as they travel to Odessa, Ukraine, on a series of international social events, arranged by AnastasiaDate, to try to meet the right woman. While there, the men go to several social events, including a beauty pageant at a nightclub, where they meet large numbers of attractive, single women. The interactions at the socials and on the dates the men go on are facilitated by translators.
Fortune magazine reporter Anne VanderMey documented that she chatted online with a woman on AnastasiaDate who said she got a small kickback for minutes chatting, although the company's Chief Strategy Officer said that this practice was strictly forbidden by the company and that the company was working to stamp it out.
Dan Slater included a chapter in his recent book, Love in the Time of Algorithms, focused on AnastasiaDate. This included research done on the site in Moscow as well as in Colombia, where Slater was invited by AnastasiaDate to document an AmoLatina tour. He stated that it is common knowledge that staffs of local bride agencies will often pose as the women in the profiles in order to increase their profits. It was documented that two men on the tour to Colombia had believed that they would be able to meet website members on the tour (with whom they had paid to correspond in order to build relationships), but their female counterparts did not show up. However, in spite of the obstacles, he did note that at least one couple had met and been married via AnastasiaDate's AmoLatina at some point previous to the tour.
Lawsuit Against Competitor
On May 1, 2013, Anastasia International filed a suit versus the Australian company EM Online Ltd. dba Elena's Models, in US Federal Court in New York. The complaint revolves around the sites anastasiadatefraud.com and ruadventures.com, allegedly owned by Elena's Models, which according to the complaint, have fabricated negative testimonials and used the trademarked name AnastasiaDate illegally. Anastasia International lost the case.
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