LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grindr, the premier all male geo-social network app, today announced it was named the winner of TechCrunch's 2011 Crunchies Award for Best Location Application introduced at the Fifth Annual Crunchies Awards Ceremony in San Francisco at The Davies Symphony Hall. The Crunchies Awards, co-hosted by GigaOm and VentureBeat, recognizes and celebrates the most compelling startups, Internet and technology innovations of 2011.
Separately, Grindr was crowned the winner of the 2012 iDate Awards in two of the 12 categories for Best Mobile Dating App and Best New Technology at the ninth annual Dating Industry & Internet Dating Conference in Miami. The iDate Awards highlight the best and most innovative aspects of the online dating and matchmaking industry. Grindr previously received an iDate Award in 2011 for Best Mobile Dating App.
"We want to thank our Grindr community, our three million users from all around the world and our dedicated team, who believe in our product and helped spread the word and voted for the Crunchies and iDate Awards," said Joel Simkhai, Founder and CEO of Grindr. "These awards are not just a huge win for Grindr but represent a huge step forward for the LGBT community considering even five years ago this would not have been possible to be recognized by our peers as a gay company pioneering location-based social networks and mobile dating."
Grindr's win over such highly recognized websites and applications for both awards showcases its impact in a world where Internet dating and location-based mobile applications are constantly evolving. Grindr is the largest gay social network for men seeking to make meaningful connections and the only exclusively gay app to be honored with accolades from the 2011 Crunchies Awards and 2012 iDate Awards.
Upon accepting the Crunchies Award, in conjunction with Scott Lewallen, co-Founder and S.V.P. of Product & Design, Simkhai addressed the crowd, "It's a tremendous honor to be recognized as an innovator and winner of one of the most prominent technology industry awards, especially among such major technology and social media heavyweights. It's gratifying as a bootstrapped start-up to be recognized as the pioneer of location-based social networks and we look forward to further innovating and delivering the best experience for all of our Grindr users around the world."
On a daily basis, Grindr counts nearly 10,000 new users who log on approximately eight times per day and spend an average of 1.5 hours each day using the app. For more information about Grindr, please visit www.Grindr.com.
Launched in 2009, Grindr is the premier all male geo-social network that uses location-based technologies to bring together a global community of more than three million users in 192 countries. Currently, Grindr is available on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android and most Blackberry models. For more information about Grindr, please visit www.Grindr.com.