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Not a admirer of Trump? Can not stand place tunes? Think selfie society is the worst? Would not go camping if someone paid you? Bonding in excess of the points you dislike can be extra effective than bonding in excess of what you like, research have demonstrated. Now, a new relationship app referred to as Hater can aid you locate improved matches by concentrating on individuals points you and other folks mutually detest.

Indeed, an app that connects you with men and women who dislike the very same points seems like a thing of a joke.

In reality, that is how it began.

Points out Hater founder and CEO Brendan Alper, the plan for the app arrived up about a 12 months and a half ago, but he hadn’t envisioned it as remaining a serious merchandise at the time.

Alternatively, Alper, a former Goldman Sachs worker, had left the banking biz to pursue his enthusiasm in composing comedy. Hater was at first heading to be a section of an online comedy sketch he was scheduling to publish. But the extra he talked about it, the extra it seemed like the app may possibly truly have serious attractiveness, he says.

“It was just in the plan period. At to start with I told some men and women about it – mainly men and women I was composing comedy with,” says Alper. Anyone had the very same response: “‘that will make so substantially perception. It’s genuinely funny, but why doesn’t that exist?’,” he points out. “It genuinely received my gears turning.”

“I had usually preferred to start my individual company…It was form of this viral plan, but it wanted a merchandise that could back it up,” Alper provides.


Even though Hater’s emphasis is on dislikes, it’s not the only relationship app trying to suss out extra information about its users’ personalities as a means of differentiating alone from the very hot-or-not, photograph-pushed apps like Tinder and Bumble.

Ok Cupid, for case in point, has on a regular basis showcased Q&A’s for its buyers, which are utilized for matching reasons. And these will be given extra prominence in the app’s redesign. In the meantime, Hinge lately pivoted to improved emphasize people’s tales, by requiring its buyers remedy issues about their beloved points, previous encounters, and other passions.

Hater, on the other hand, kicks off not by showcasing a stream of people’s images, but fairly a sequence of matters to weigh in on. There are now around 3,000 topics obtainable in the app, with extra additional on a continual basis. You swipe on the topics in order to like, dislike, adore or dislike them, depending on how strongly you truly feel about the matter.

Items you dislike or dislike are given extra excess weight in Hater’s matching algorithms, the founder notes.


Some of the matters are genuinely persona-defining, like whether or not you’re a admirer of a specific singer or exercise. But other folks however look a minimal off.

Like, how do you remedy if you hate HBO’s “Girls?” Sure, we usually dislike it now, but the first period was not as horrible, proper? And does hating that you have to pay for more guacamole make you seem low cost? Is there genuinely not a single reality Television set clearly show that you get pleasure from (just after all, doesn’t this category consist of cooking, dwelling makeover and journey demonstrates, also, not just serious housewives and Kardashians?) And who in their proper brain would say they like plane seats? (Indeed, these all serious issues on today’s Hater).

In other words, some of the goods are also broad though other folks would require extra nuanced responses. That means the app may fall short to locate that specific someone who passionately hates on the very same market matters you do. These are things that could be dealt with in time, nevertheless. If the app permitted buyers to produce their individual matters, or if it enable you drill down into matters by category, you may well improved locate your correct hatin’-on-the-very same-stuff soulmate.

Alper says these sorts of changes are on the roadmap, also. Even though the app will reasonable consumer-submitted goods for inappropriate written content or abuse, if it goes that route, he does see a way for the app to leverage ideas from the neighborhood in the future.

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In addition, Alper needs to expand Hater outside of relationship.

“We can offer you an encounter that is extra social and less about assembly strangers online, that would be capable to improve extra organically,” he says. “With relationship apps, everyone’s there for the very same reason…it makes an unbelievable total of strain. In the serious environment, it doesn’t perform like that….we want to be a put wherever absolutely everyone can interact, not just one men and women,” Alper notes of the changeover to social, planned for about 4 to 6 months out.

But nowadays, the app is centered on locating matches. You can leap into a section to swipe on people’s images, with the additional benefit of looking at their hates with an more tap. You can also concept with your matches, or even participate in a Cards In opposition to Humanity-variety recreation with them. And you can edit your profile, which is composed of Facebook-pulled images and other fundamental details like your age, and match choices. (Introducing a non-Facebook signal-up strategy is also on the to-do listing.)


Many thanks in section to its viral buzz, Hater has had a surprising range of signal-ups considering that its start into beta in December. The app now has 310,000 buyers, and is averaging thirty,000+ day-to-day energetic buyers, with 1-working day retention premiums of twenty five-thirty per cent. Of training course, it’s tricky to convey to what the app will glance like when the hype wears off.

Alper is conscious of this obstacle, which is why he’s scheduling the enlargement to social, extra Facebook ad assessments, and a partnership with Cosmo which will publish stats pulled from the app. Models are also conversing to Hater about future integrations which could see them remaining capable to put their individual goods into the app’s listing, then review the outcomes of who likes and hates individuals matters.

Hater will also use push notifications to pull in lapsed buyers by giving them the possibility to weigh in on extra timely issues. (It analyzed this in NY and LA next the Oscars, for occasion.)

Presented its quick climb – the app is also now being showcased by Apple on the App Retail store – Hater is attracting inbound fascination from investors. The workforce is using conferences with VCs and angels exterior of its dwelling foundation of Brooklyn, New York, as nicely as with locals.

For now, on the other hand, Hater has a complete-time staff of 4, which includes Berlin-based mostly CTO Stefan Wirth, and is obtainable only on iOS.