Group-dating startup Grouper shutters international operations, fires staff (update)

Above: Grouper promotion image.

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Updated 8:47 p.m. ET with additional details via LinkedIn

Popular dating startup and social club Grouper has shut down its international operations and fired a portion of its staff overseas and in the U.S., sources say.

Founded in 2011, Grouper employed at least 30 people overall before laying many of them off. The firm connects three friends with a second group of friends of the opposite sex — or the same sex — for a night of drinks and a game of truth or dare. Grouper calls its gatherings a “ready-made party,” not a date.

According to Grouper’s site, the service is no longer offered in London, “temporarily”:

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Noteworthy recent employee departures include Grouper’s director of international operations Kristen Badal, business development manager Gesche Haas, community manager Lexi Aiassa, and director of community Jaclyn Fu, according to information publicly available on LinkedIn.

Grouper’s site states that the service is still available in 25 cities.

Grouper did not respond to VentureBeat’s requests to confirm the layoffs or the state of its finances. An investor in Grouper refused to comment on the matter.

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Joe Long
Joe Long

Katie Sullivan good move

Marcos Alvarado
Marcos Alvarado

jaja gracias por la data! Igual dicen cerrar en London nomas. En USA sigue estando Tomas Spada . Pero igual basta con estos socialess jaj

Connor Stirland
Connor Stirland

That picture is my roommates and me. Can I have some ad revenue, please?

Taylor Ryen
Taylor Ryen

Thanks for not responding to my resume or interest in working with you Grouper.