Hornet Acquires General Managers For France, New York and Taipei!

Gay dating app Hornet has today announced the acquisition of its new general managers, who will help to expand the platform in France, New York and Taipei.

Hornet has hired Fabrice Le Parc to head up the company’s business development and customer acquisition strategies in France, Tim Greene who is taking on the role in New York and Darien Chan in Taipei.

Hornet President Sean Howell said: “We’re excited to have Fabrice, Tim and Darien joining the team to help make Hornet the global leader in gay social networking.

“With our rapid expansion and the additions of Vespa and Unicorn Booty, Hornet is redefining what a gay social networking app looks like.

“We are creating an environment to make meaningful connections and are truly embracing a global gay community.”

Hornet’s new general manager for France, Le Parc, previously founded dating platform Smartdate, after serving as managing director of international dating platform be2.

And Greene and Chan have combined experience in financial, marketing and technology services.

Le Parc said: “I am thrilled to join Hornet, the number one gay dating app in France, and its team of international talents.

“The French team will strive to rapidly grow the usage of the app and engage our community into a new age of social networking.

“Our goal is to make Hornet the go-to destination for all gays in France and create the first inclusive network in our country for the community.”

Recently, Hornet announced a very impressive round of Series A funding, securing $8m, which was led by venture capital fund Ventech China.

And earlier this week, Hornet announced a new partnership with Blued, which will see Blued participating in an extension of Hornet’s earlier funding round.

Find out more about Hornet here.

 

Hornet Welcomes Stephan Horbelt As Its New Executive Editor

Hornet, the world's second largest gay social network, today announced that Stephan Horbelt will join the brand's growing executive team as executive editor. He is charged with leading the brand's content development strategy. Horbelt comes to Hornet from Frontiers Media, where he spent the last four years as editor in chief of Frontiers. Horbelt will be based out of Los Angeles and report to Hornet CEO Christof Wittig.

"We're excited to welcome Stephan to the Hornet team. With his experience and proven track record in engaging audiences, he will shape Hornet content into a leading voice in the ever-evolving and ever-growing LGBTQ community. We value his vision in leading our growing brand's content that will enhance the already exceptional Hornet user experience," said Hornet President Sean Howell

Adding Horbelt to the Hornet team reinforces the brand's commitment to strengthening the gay community by providing quality social interactions with award-winning editorial content to both educate and inform. Horbelt will now lead all editorial strategy for the Hornet properties giving users access to exclusive content spanning breaking news, arts & entertainment, travel and science & technology. It also recently introduced its version 3.0 which features an activity feed and the discover platform, which will take gay apps to the next level.

As editor in chief of Frontiers, Horbelt helped lead the brand's transition from oversized newsprint publication to a glossy lifestyle and culture magazine that became internationally recognized as the voice of Southern California's LGBT community. He oversaw all content for the brand, including lifestyle, arts & entertainment, nightlife, events and health. He also spearheaded the relaunch of the brand's website. Prior to becoming editor in chief, Horbelt served as the publication's associate editor and the co-editor.

"I'm honored to be brought onto the Hornet team, a multifaceted company that I feel is at the forefront of queer media. After this year's elections challenging times await the world's LGBT community, and so the need for smart, subversive queer content is at an all-time high. The opportunity to help shape that voice is an exciting one," said Horbelt.

Hornet's free social network app available on iOS, Android, and the web.

About Hornet Networks
Hornet is the world's second largest gay social network. Founded in 2011 with the mission to provide the best quality product, it has grown to 15 million total and 3 million monthly active users. Hornet is number one in the key markets of France, Russia, Brazil, Turkeyand Taiwan, and is consistently expanding its sizable user base in the United States. For more information, please visit: http://love.hornetapp.com.

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Hornet Raises $8M To Take App To New Level

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hornet, the world's second largest gay social network, announced today that it has raised its first round of institutional funding led by Ventech China to support rapid business growth and user adoption across the globe.

Hornet is committed to strengthening the gay community by providing quality social interactions with more ways to meet and engage in local gay communities. It recently introduced its version 3.0 which features an activity feed and the discover platform, which will take gay apps to the next level.

With over 15 million total and 3 million monthly active users, Hornet recently integrated Vespa — the largest, most comprehensive gay city guide — into its functionality. Vespa features over 5,000 places and 300 city guides in 70 countries and up-to-the-minute event listings around the world written by Vespa users and the international journalists at Hornet's content provider, Unicorn Booty.

"We are excited to work with our new investors to further our mission and engage our community," said Christof Wittig, CEO, Hornet.  "Hornet brings interaction and an experience that builds relationships and helps form meaningful connections to local communities. We will invest heavily into making our vision for a fully connected gay community a reality."

Eric Huet, Managing Partner at Ventech who joins the company's Board of Directors, said, "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to invest in Hornet.  The platform combined with the user functionality is unparalleled. In such a short time, Hornet has claimed leader position in many markets across the globe."

"Gay apps have evolved over the past few years to more fully engage users, who demand a richer, mobile experience," says Hornet President Sean Howell. "Hornet users expect to interact with other members and to be informed about the issues important to gay culture.  Hornet is designed to reach and fulfill the needs of our diverse user base."

Hornet's business momentum reached new levels this past year with the acquisition of Vespa and Unicorn Booty. Hornet is now the number one gay social network in markets including France, Russia, Brazil and Taiwan and is showing rapid organic growth in other key markets.

Hornet's free social network app available on iOS, Android, and the web.

About Hornet Networks
Hornet is the world's second largest gay social network. Founded in 2011 with the mission to provide the best quality product, it has grown to 15 million total and 3 million monthly active users. Hornet is number one in the key markets of France, Russia, Brazil, Turkeyand Taiwan, and is consistently expanding its sizable user base in the United States. For more information, please visit: http://love.hornetapp.com.

About Ventech China
Ventech China is based in Shanghai. Ventech China 3 is a USD 225 million venture capital fund focused on communities, M-commerce and Big Data. Its current portfolio companies include Keep, the No.1 fitness training and community app in China, Blued, the No.1 gay community app in China, WonderFull, the emerging Japanese product M-commerce platform, Juzi, the leading entertainment news platform, and Datawin, the leading big data company in sales leads generation. Ventech China is dedicated to growing together with innovative startups and help them to become global leaders in their fields.

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