Happn was established in 2014 with the premise of putting romance back into the modern dating game. The mobile application, optimized for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, was created in Paris—arguably the world’s most romantic city—under the collaboration of serial entrepreneur Dider Rappaport, legal hacker Fabien Cohen and computer engineer Antony Cohen. The concept was simple: give singles a rare second chance to strike up a conversation with someone who has already caught their eye.

Based on geolocation, happn gives users a constant update on all those who have crossed their path within 250 meters. The free app then gives users the opportunity to send an anonymous “heart” which will be shared only if reciprocated, or an immediate “charm” notification to let a fellow user know they are interested.

The app—which prides itself on being about more than pure convenience—has grown to see over 13 million users, including an avid Vancouver participation level since its expansion to the Canadian market in 2015.


Hi, Not sure where to begin really, but what I can say is thank you 🙂 four months ago I met the most wonderful, caring and loving person that I have ever known… We just wanted to say thank you for giving the both of us this chance and to start a journey of being a couple, we are excited in what lies ahead… the road does not look long and lonely anymore because we have each other.

— Robert & Edith

Hey guys! Writing this message to thank you for creating such an amazing app! I met a guy on Happn and after 2 months, we’re finally girfriend and boyfriend 😀

— Clarissa

Thank you! Without your app, I would never had gotten the chance to speak to the most fantastic girl I’ve ever met. Keep it up <3 Big love

Thank you for creating your app. You have changed my daughter’s life and her fiancé! She has been living in New York (from home town Melbourne, Australia) for ten years. She brought her wonderful man back home for Xmas. So happy for them, so well suited and in love (and they lived only a few streets apart in Brooklyn Heights). Our families are now looking forward to a wedding later this year! So wonderful as a parent to rejoice over these two people finding each other. All on your wonderful app. Thanks Didier!!

— Margaret Hallamore



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