German dating site eDarling, which last week bought back its shares from US partner eHarmony, has lost its Managing Director, Christian Vollmann. The news was broken on Gruenderszene and while the information has not yet been confirmed, it seems like Vollmann’s departure has been planned for some time.
Vollmann (pictured above left) will, however, remain on as an investor in the company and also likely as an advisor. Vollmann has a long history with Rocket Internet – before working at eDarling he was the Vice President of ringtone site Jamba! He has yet to announce what’s next on the cards for him.
Doing some more digging in Germany’s Handelsregister has revealed the details of the eDarling/eHarmony deal – the investors in eDarling all contributed to buying back the company from eHarmony, including founders David Khailil and Lukas Brosseder along with Rocket Internet and Holtzbrinck Ventures. The exact reasons behind the buy-back remain unclear.
Launched in 2008, eDarling is a clone of eHarmony – which bought a 30 per cent stake in eDarling in 2010. eHarmony had the option of completely buying the company in the future, something which is clearly no longer going to happen.
Now eDarling will be able to compete with eHarmony in markets the US company is well-established – including the UK, Australia, Brazil and Canada. A UK launch is apparently already on the table for eDarling, to add to the 20 countries it is already available in. At the end of last year, eDarling launched Shop-A-Man in Germany, a controversial site that allows women to shop for men.
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