Big news: Skout linking arms with MeetMe!

Hi there!

We have some really exciting news: Skout is merging into MeetMe!

When we started Skout almost a decade ago as a “mobile first” company, there were no iPhones or Android devices out there. Not even Facebook had a mobile product. It was a tough proposition since the market was not ready -- and for a long time we struggled to get any traction at all. At that time, it seemed as if we knew almost all of our Skouters by first name. :-)

We all shared the same vision: that meeting and connecting with new people is an inherently good and exciting thing to do. Fast-forward to today and we have a thriving community with millions of people from all over the world. Hundreds of millions of connections have been formed – and we truly believe that these friendships have made the world a better place. The global aspect has always been important to us, and that is what makes Skout unique.  

During this journey we got to know the very talented team at MeetMe. We share the same vision and have been friends for years. That friendship has now developed into something deeper, and we are committing to continue the journey of connecting people, not independently, but together as one bigger and stronger company. You can read more about the news here. We are absolutely thrilled about this!

The acquisition is subject to a number of closing conditions, and we and MeetMe are targeting the completion of the acquisition in October 2016.

We want to thank all the people who believed in us during these incredibly rewarding years (in no particular order): our users, employees, investors, friends, family and partners. It would not have been even remotely possible without your support and hard work -- and for that we are forever grateful!

We’re looking forward to this next chapter!

Christian Wiklund & Niklas Lindstrom – Founders Skout

Bustle - National Friendship Week Survey Reveals Just How Far We'd Go To Help A Friend In Need, Plus 5 Other Things You'd Only Do For Your BFF

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By Jessica Learish

You’re always down to tell your best friend just how much you love her, but National Friendship Week is Aug. 16 through Aug. 22, and if you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to show her just how much you appreciate all that she does — even if that simply means showing up at her apartment with a bottle of wine and two glasses ready to go in hand. Say what you will about #squadgoals, but friendship really is what makes the world go round — a recent National Friendship Week survey suggests that we actually are getting by with a little help from our friends. The global social network Skout conducted a survey of 1,500 men and women in the United States, and found that people are more than willing to lend a hand to a friend in need, and make some pretty big compromises to accommodate a friend's wishes.

And we're not just talking alternating favorite pizza toppings or choosing to go to a bar that is closer to your friend's place than yours. According to this survey, a whopping 81 percent of survey respondents reported that they would be willing to donate a kidney to a friend who needed one, if they were indeed a match. That's about 32 percent more than who would seriously consider donating a kidney to a stranger.

Read the full article here.

The New York Times - A Solo Traveler’s Guide to Meeting People

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By Stephanie Rosenbloom

When you are traveling solo, it’s not always a breeze to strike up a conversation with a stranger.

In fact, how do you meet other single travelers or locals in the first place? And if you’re looking for friendship — or even something more — how do you ensure that amid all the fun you don’t neglect to take safety precautions?

Before we get to tactics, it’s helpful to know that you are likely to be rewarded for overcoming apprehensions about approaching someone new when you’re on the road.

“It's easy to imagine all the ways things will go badly or believe that this person doesn’t want to connect,” said Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. But if you reach out, he continued, “almost everybody reaches back.”

The app Skout enables travelers to meet locals or one another wherever they are, be it a concert in London or a soccer game in Barcelona.

Read the full article here.

thestar.com - How to Host a Perfect Friendsgiving

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By Lauren Pelley

Looking around my Friendsgiving table on Friday, I was filled with sheer joy. Even though the whole thing was a bit of a mess.

Nine of us were sitting around a plastic table, relocated from my backyard and draped with a new white tablecloth that was covered in creases after coming straight from its packaging. Each guest’s place setting contained the odds and ends of different cutlery sets and a few mismatched plates. Once the turkey was (finally) ready, cutting it became a four-person fiasco with me reading directions off an iPhone, while others inspected the meat and helped tear off the seemingly superglued thighs. Two people were stuck sitting on a piano bench. I’m pretty sure the food was cold.

But who cares, right? We had plenty of wine, great conversation, and no one got food poisoning. It had all the magic of Thanksgiving, but with friends instead of family — a mix of my university friends, coworkers, and the last-minute addition of my younger brother. We discussed politics, vented about our jobs, and clinked glasses in a toast to the season.

And that’s what Friendsgiving is all about. The food — which included garlic mashed potatoes and roasted carrots, in my case — is just a bonus.

In recent years, this holiday of sorts has grown in popularity. Thirtysomethings are driving the trend, according to a survey from the social app Skout, which found 18 per cent of people between 30 and 39 plan on celebrating Thanksgiving with friends this year — along with 11 per cent of people 18 to 29.

Read the full article here.