Skout happens to be the facilitator of a location based service dating and social networking app and website. Skout also happens to be one of the very first mobile people discovery and dating apps to underscore theorized user location. Available for Android and iOS systems, some other properties of Skout include, nightlife app, Nixter and Fuse. In 2013, it was reported that over 500 million connections we made through the Skout app.
Skout utilizes the GPS of cellphone’s to assist users in finding other users that are within a certain area of one another. The app never identifies the user’s actual location, and the users can decide not to use the location tracking that is featured. Global positioning system location is only available in the grown-up or adult community. When a search is done, users can see the profile of current activities of other users they’re interested in. The app additionally permits users to message or provide a virtual gift to one another. Skout is divided between its teen and adult communities and is available in 14 different languages in 180 countries.
Skout additionally has a paid or premium travel features which allows for meeting others while traveling. Yet another feature that’s available on Skout is the “Shake to Chat” feature. This feature connects users who may be shaking their cellphones simultaneously. The users profile is anonymous for at 40 seconds after the chat conversation starts.
Skout was founded in 2007 as a mobile web social network by Niklas Lindstrom and Christian Wiklund. Respectively, they are Skouts chief technology officer and chief executive officer. The network was relaunched in 2009 as a people discovery and dating app and website subsequent to recognizing that over 80% of the users were utilizing Skout as a means to get dates. The iOS application was launched in February 2009. At this time, it was available for non iOS devices via its website. The app for Android was launched in August 2010.
The company raised nearly $22 million in venture capital in April 2012 from Andreessen Horowitz. Before this investment, Skout collectively raised $4.6 million in angel investments.
The company acquire Nixter in May 2014. Nixter lets users locate nightlife events for New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Fuse was launched in June 2014, this app allows resources for users to create their own network which functions of their address book on their tablet or smartphone.