That was the moment I felt extremely depressed and lonely.” The frustration of not being able to connect to other gay men motivated Ma to start one of the country’s earliest social networking sites for gay people, and eventually led to the creation of Blued, now China’s most widely used gay dating app with 40 million registered users – which the company claims is bigger than its US counterpart Grindr.
The location-based app, launched in late 2012 in Beijing, earlier this year raised US0 million in a Series D funding round led by Hong Kong-based CDH Investments.
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“I was just about to start chatting when the guy logged off.
There was no turning back, so Ma decided to move to Beijing to fully focus on his business venture.
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Since then investors have been urging Ma to raise more money for the start-up, which is likely to result in another funding round within the year.
This social network is where China’s plastic surgery fans share their nose jobs However, Ma says financial success has never been his top priority or the motivation to further expand his gay social network. Without [Blued], it would be difficult for gays to find friends, let alone be able to feel close to being part of the mainstream of society,” the 41-year-old said in a recent interview in Beijing.
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