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HEY! WORLD: WE SWIPED RIGHT ON TINDER & WE’RE OPEN GLOBALLY

To all our amazing vinas,

Since launching the concept of the Hey! VINA app (only 8 months ago!) in January 2016, our platform for connecting women in a fun and safe way has been celebrated by millions of women around the world.

Without a doubt, this year has proven to be THE year for friendship. With 17,000+ global cities on our waitlist, large-scale media coverage in 25 countries, over 100,000 users in the first two weeks of our launch, and more than 5,000 requests for an Android version (we’re on it) – we’ve heard your demand loud and clear.

So here comes the major news: Hey! VINA is now available globally!

This wouldn’t have been possible without a few big champions of VINA’s ambitious and worthy dream to connect and empower women around the world. We’re excited to share who we’ve recently swiped right on – Tinder! They’ve joined us as an investor and partner to build the future of VINA.

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Beyond a shared mission to connect people around the world, Tinder is uniquely equipped to mentor our tiny startup team of four to become a leading tech platform at scale. Alongside the support of the top VCs in Silicon Valley (NEA, Greylock and Wildcat Venture Partners – to name a few), Tinder’s investment and mentorship have made it possible for us to grow our team, expand our technology, and launch our platform globally. #squadgoals

I would also like to celebrate our engineering team. These ladies tackled the challenge of going from several markets to 💯  in only a few months. Women can and will code a new world, vinas.

Finally, I’d like to thank you. You are the best friend we needed when the hustle was hard. You are the cheerleader who was always on our team and have empowered us time and time again to make this platform a reality.

It’s been a whirlwind of confetti, sleepless nights, dance breaks, hackathons, vina dates, and near daily press about VINA on almost every major publication. Together, we are creating a better world for women everywhere and at all stages of life. Fueled by community over competition, we are loving you and our partners for your help in building a bright future for VINA.  🎉

Cheers & hugs,
Olivia June

P.S. We also just released a MAJOR app update that includes a new quiz (!!) and the VINA Communities feature – you can now meet friends around shared interests. Download the latest update now.

P.P.S. Oh yeah! In case you are wondering… VINA and all of our products are still totally separate from Tinder. For more details, dive into our FAQ.

16 comments

  1. I’ve had this app since I first heard about in January, and waited for it to show up in my neighborhood. I’m impressed and proud to see all the work you’ve put into this app come to life! Socializing and a feeling of community is so very important for your mental health. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this app! 🙂

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  2. I’ve had this app on my phone since I first heard about it earlier this year and had to wait until it showed up in my neighborhood. I am excited and proud to see all the progress you have made with this app. Socializing and having a sense of community is so very important to your mental health, thank you for understanding the importance of that! Cheers!

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  3. This is really exciting news. Congrats Ladies! Living in Abu Dhabi myself with a crazy expat community I appreciate an app only for women. All other platforms, such as InterNations and co. unfortunately invite lots of guys searching for western women to “get married to and improve their passport-status” (unfortunately, that’s a message I already received!). I hope especially Dubai and AD will become more active on Hey Vina, as it’s the perfect tool for us married “western” girls over here 🙂 Thanks and congrats again for that awesome achievement!

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    1. Hey Christin! You’re in luck – we’re going to be adding an expat Community in our app very soon! In the meantime, if you click the “VINA” at the top of the profile swiping page, you can add other communities that may be of interest to you. Good luck and stay tuned for new Communities!

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  4. This app is absolutely wonderful. I am currently in Europe and moving next year to USA. Till then I would really like to get in touch with people living in US and try to get to know them a bit before I move. I hope I will get a chance soon to do that using this app.

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