eHarmony was founded by Neil Clark Warren, a psychologist and author of successful relationship advice booksand Greg Forgatch. Warren and Forgatch worked with TechEmpower and Dr. Tony Karrer to build and launch the site on Aug. 22, 2000. In the late 1990s, after more than 35 years of work as a clinical psychologist and marriage counselor, Warren decided to test his evolving theory that certain characteristics can predict compatibility, and lead to more satisfying relationships. After three years of research, working in collaboration with Dr. Galen Buckwalter, Warren developed a model of compatibility that is now the basis of the company’s matching system.
The service was financed with a $3.0 million investment from Fayez Sarofim & Co. and individual investors. In 2004 eHarmony received the fourth largest venture capital infusion of that year from Sequoia Capital and Technology Crossover Ventures.
eHarmony launched its matching service for singles in 2000.Since then, the company has had about 20 million members.As of 2008, about 15,000 people take the eHarmony questionnaire each day. After finding a match on eHarmony, Harris Interactive reports that an average of 236 eHarmony members in the U.S. marry every day.
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Methodology of eHarmony