Want to Build Your Own Dating Site? There’s an App for That

Create a Dating App of Your Own

Want to create a dating app specifically for cat lovers? What about one that’s just for coffee lovers? You could even make a dating app to connect people who have beards with those who like to stroke them.

Sound ridiculous? Well, an entrepreneur has actually already created that last one. And he also made a tool to help others create their very own dating apps, no matter how ridiculous the idea might be.

John Kershaw, founder of M14 Industries, created the app out of procrastination while working as a freelance software developer. The initial idea is called Bristlr, which he refers to as “the Uber for beard stroking.” But it has since turned into more of a dating app for bearded hipsters and those who want to connect with bearded hipsters.

Bristlr’s niche is much too specific for the app to really compete with the likes of Tinder. But it has grown a significant following within its target market, with more than 100,000 registered users and 500,000 connections made.

Bristlr is part of an industry with huge growth. The dating services industry has an average annual revenue of $3 billion, and is experiencing annual growth of 5.3 percent, according to data from IBISWorld.

Create a Dating App of Your Own

So entrepreneurs who want to take advantage of this market with a unique idea can use M14 to do just that. M14 gives users access to tools to help actually build the infrastructure of your app without any programming knowledge. You just need to input your idea and details and then work on marketing the app to potential users.

Image: Bristlr


Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

3 Reactions
  1. The apps are just getting better and better. Now, it is easier to setup and create anything from scratch with the help of these tools.

  2. It’s pointless to create a dating app anymore. Apple does not allow more dating apps in. So far they are rejecting 99% of them. They feel there are way too many dating apps in the store now so they are rejecting. It’s best to just start a stand alone dating software website (Desktop version) before thinking about an app.

  3. We prefer doing responsive design and progressive web apps over app store dating apps.