Andreev discussed their application’s redesign, along with their ideas on an IPO, exactly exactly how their partnerships work, Bumble, and exactly why he does not like promotion.
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Company Insider: we will begin by speaking through the brand new Badoo. Exactly what are the biggest modifications?
Andrey Andreev: the brand new Badoo which you can easily see today is simply a skeleton for a significant load of amazing, game-changing features that are coming reside very soon. Now the opportunity is had by us to make usage of them.
All things are new! We now have totally reconstructed the application, developed a design that is new for the brand name, and analysed and reconsidered 11 years of expertise so that you can enhance and optimise UX and simplify overcomplicated features.
BI: My impression of Badoo is that the overhaul similar to this has been due for a time. Why introduce the version that is new?
AA: you are right, we’ve been thinking of redesigning Badoo for a while now. For many years it started initially to remind (it internally) us of a ‘Frankenstein’ as we call. This occurs with every item fundamentally. As you add features, monetise or just make an effort to improve consumer experience by the addition of new enjoyable elements, it eventually becomes like just a little xmas tree with plenty of buttons, menus within menus, and numerous confusing screens etc.
The old user interface had been restricting us in a lot of means as well as that we can no longer build up new features upon an old interface though we had tweaked and improved it many times, it got to the point where I admitted.
AA: obtained no. Spent and provided technical support, yes.
Whitney and I also began the company together back in 2014, I adored her vision for a company that is female-focused the social networking space, and thought in just what she wished to attain. But, provided my considerable expertise in the dating industry, and hers besides, we encouraged her to perform on her objective into the space that is dating.
While Bumble has usage of a few of our London Badoo infrastructure, it operates autonomously being a company that is entirely separate headquartered in Texas under Whitney’s leadership.
I am still an active partner in Bumble although I am focused on Badoo da-/\= to day. Whitney and I also interact closely and through the things I have actually built at Badoo, i will be in a position to provide resources that are substantial Bumble and am really a part of the merchandise region of the business.
BI: In 2012 you stated you had been not sure about an IPO. Has that changed?
AA: Badoo in my situation, is similar to a child that is favourite. Quite a classic baby, though. Badoo is not only a product that is standalone. It is a massive device, a factory of features with plenty of extremely skilled and dedicated people working upon it.
An IPO for each business means the start of a finish, once the structure gets to be more co-operative and innovative jobs are difficult to go through line managers.
Surprisingly, but after 11 several years of Badoo it nevertheless is like a startup. Our company is ready to accept tips out of each and every solitary person in our group. We test, make errors and create new exciting products for Badoo. What is never to love? I believe I’ll stay with it for a short time.
BI: and exactly how regarding the job? Exactly exactly What did you are doing before founding Badoo?
AA: Before founding Badoo, I experienced founded a number of effective tasks, like started and Mamba.
BI: you are located in London — exactly why is that?
AA: i simply like it here. The life-style, power, people. I am a strong believer for the reason that you create that which you’re in the middle of. Our British workplaces are situated in the West End. The explanation for that is as it’s a tremendously lively and diverse area and also this is how I want Badoo to be.
BI: a thing that is discussed earlier in profiles of you is your modification of title. How come you get by a name that is different?
AA There’s no conspiracy concept inside it, I’m afraid. I type of wish there is. We utilized to utilize my dad’s surname but after going to European countries I quickly realised that individuals had been actually struggling to pronounce and spell my name right thus I made a decision to make everyone’s life easier (including mine) and began making use of my mom’s surname. Moreover it seems types of cool, does it not? Andrey Andreev.
BI: a very important factor I’m keen to the touch on is the perception in the west of Russian tech businesses. We have Yandex, VK, businesses like this, nevertheless they’re often reluctant to grow towards the western. Why you think that is?
AA: there are numerous things that will vary both in Russia therefore the Russian company room. To start with it is mindset. Russia is such a distinctive and market that is specific it is rather not the same as whatever you see. You don’t simply offer coffee, you offer experiences that include thoughts, relationships and particular habits. To ensure success you should know your market well and live it.
In a lot of cases, Russian products and companies are really disconnected with western mindset. The existence of neighborhood options in the marketplace does not help either. And so I guess they opt to stay glued to whatever they know already in addition to market where it works the greatest.
BI: Badoo has, for a very long time, appeared to shy away from promotion. Exactly why is that?
AA: Badoo is a technology company established by solely people that are tech. We’ve never done any PR. Badoo ended up being launched when no PR had been needed for technology companies. Whatever you needed seriously to do is in fact have a good product — which is a breakthrough by itself. Nevertheless until now our company is a very product/ technology driven business and PR is certainly not one thing we have been familiar with doing.