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is an online dating service with web sites serving 25 countries in more than eight languages. The company has offices in Dallas, West Hollywood, San Francisco, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and Beijing. which aimed to provide classified advertising systems for newspapers. Ong, who helped in the design of the initial system, and Simon Glinsky, who helped in the development of one of the first Internet business plans for and also provided management and marketing expertise.The initial business scope developed by this team included a subscription model, now common among personals services, and inclusion of diverse communities with high first trial and market leaders status, including women, technology professionals and the Gay and Lesbian community.After troubles with venture capitalists over his insistence that the company serve profitable alternative market segments including the LGBT market, Gary Kremen left in March 1996, remaining on the board of Electric Classifieds. A year later was purchased by IAC (then still operating under the name Ticket Master).In late 1999, was moved to Dallas, Texas, to merge with another matching site, One & Only networks, that IAC had purchased the same year.
In November 2015, the UK site was awarded Best Marketing Campaign at the UK Dating Awards. In 2002 and early 2003, Match.com's then CEO, Tim Sullivan, tried to expand reach by expanding into the local dating scene with a service called Match Live.Phil on a new US marketing campaign called "Mind Find Bind", a monthly subscription program that members can pay an extra fee to access.In December 2006, the layout of the United States site was redesigned, to go in line with the newly launched series of black and white TV advertisements in the US featuring members.The suit was dismissed by the United States District Court for the Central District of California on April 25, 2007.According to the complaint, filed in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, represented by attorney Norah Hart, "Match misleads paying subscribers by charging them for the ability to write e-mails to members who can't reply to their e-mails or even read them." Another class-action lawsuit was filed in December 2010, alleging that the site maintains thousands of inactive, fake and fraudulent profiles on its dating site to mislead and lure consumers into subscribing.