March 29, 2019

LGBTQutie: A Progressive and Inclusive Dating App

LGBTQutie is a dating and social network for the LGBTQ community focused on building real relationships and meaningful connections. I caught up with co-founders Jordan Weiss and Rachel Kimelman to learn more about the app, including why such a platform is needed for the LGBTQ community.

What is LGBTQutie, and how did it come to be?

LGBTQutie founders
LGBTQutie co-founders Jordan Weiss (left) and Rachel Kimelman (right).

LGBTQutie is the dating and social networking app for the entire LGBTQ community. LGBTQutie, also known as Qutie, is currently available on iOS and Android in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand.
We created Qutie after being frustrated with the limited options for LGBTQ people looking for relationships, friendships and meaningful connections. With people on the go and limited accessibility for people in our community to meet, we recognized a problem. Bars aren't always the best option, and most apps focus solely on lesbian women or gay men. While existing apps have answered the hookup-oriented market, they've failed to provide a space for relationship-oriented users. Hookups these days are easy to come by. That's why we set out to provide something more. We formed a comprehensive and inclusive platform, tailored specifically for the LGBTQ community. Our app is inclusive of the full spectrum of LGBTQ sexual orientations and gender identities. Qutie is more than just another dating app. We are community-focused and provide users with content that is relevant to them including LGBTQ specific news, blogs and events. 

How does it work?

Qutie offers a hybrid of the swiping system and the profile system. The app provides users with ways to engage more easily by having extended profiles and questionnaires, which allows users to learn more about who they're talking to. In addition, Qutie offers the ability for users to send 10-second video clips to one another. This is a unique component of our app which provides video verification's for users to promote safety and prevent Catfishing - a problem with other apps of this kind. While many features on the app are free, there is an option to purchase our upgraded rainbow membership for additional perks including seeing who viewed your profile, advanced search, rewinding on swipes, viewing profiles in ghost mode and many more. 

How big is the team? Any positions you're looking to hire for in the coming months?

Qutie is lead by Co-Founders Rachel Kimelman and Jordan Weiss. We also have a development team that we work closely with for maintenance and enhancements on the app. Additionally, we have a Communications/PR Manager to help provide original content for the app's blog. Currently, we are seeking a design/marketing intern. 

Where does the company go from here?

Future Plans for Qutie:
  • Increase international expansion.
  • Allow for additional customization and personalized profiles, including more ways to self-identify.
  • Over the next several months, Qutie will be rolling out its rebranding campaign.
  • Enhance features on the app through increased gamification.
  • Participate in NYC’s 2019 World Pride Event which will have millions of attendees. 

Any final thoughts?

Qutie is committed to continued growth of our loyal and close-knit community.  We have investors and strategic partners on board, including the iconic Atari.  Atari joined forces with us because they believe that Qutie is the platform that provides a comprehensive social experience for the LGBTQ community, combining online dating, gamification and all aspects of a thorough social networking platform. Recently, Qutie received an additional investment from Atari who now owns a larger stake in LGBT Media Inc., the company behind Qutie.

Alexander Culafi is Producer & Editor for VentureFizz. He also edits and produces The VentureFizz Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @culafia.