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|Amber Brooks • 10/09/17|
The Short Version: Feeld is much more than a dating app for threesomes; it’s a groundbreaking social tool designed to support singles and couples interested in unconventional romantic relationships. Since the experimental app launched in 2014, it has attracted the attention of curious people from around the world. Currently, over 1.8 million men and women have downloaded Feeld on Google Play or iTunes. The app’s privacy features help members feel comfortable expressing their desires without fear of judgment or harassment. On Feeld, singles and couples enjoy a safe space to explore new ideas, friendships, relationships, and pleasures.
Bulgarian entrepreneur Dimo Trifonov was in his early 20s when his partner Ana plucked up the courage to admit she wanted more than monogamy could give her. Ana wrote him a letter describing her polyamorous fantasies. She felt ashamed of her desires, but she could no longer deny her sexual curiosity, especially about other women.
Dimo took the news in stride. “When I found out, I wasn’t angry with her; I was angry that she felt bad about it,” he said in an interview. His partner’s sexual revelation inspired Dimo to build a dating app where singles and couples could be themselves without judgment. “The app was a way to show her that there are many people like her — and like me,” he explained.
In 2014, Dimo created Feeld as a love letter to his partner and as a gift to everyone dissatisfied by monogamy. He believes love shouldn’t be restricted by societal norms and hopes to help redefine the conventional rules of sexuality.
The name Feeld is a mashup of “field for feelings” because the team’s top priority is making an open-ended environment where singles and couples can express and follow their emotions. Uninhibited desire is what unites this free-thinking membership.
Today, Feeld is the go-to app for polyamorous couples and singles looking for suggestive conversations and adventurous dates. People with alternative sexual preferences can flirt with like-minded companions in an accepting zone. The straight and narrow is nowhere to be found on this app. Feeld is an open playing field for anyone and everyone. The safe and effective matching tools can help members find a romantic partner, a threesome, or a sexual awakening.
“Embrace your feelings,” reads the team’s manifesto. “Stay open to them, observe how you feel, and keep exploring. Respect people’s choices and feelings; they matter as much as yours.”
What began as one couple’s social experiment soon caught on among millions of daters. A diversity of desires fuels the open-minded dating environment. On Feeld, you can choose from 23 sexual preferences, including straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning. While about 74% of users describe themselves as heterosexual, members often play it fast and loose with sexual identity. After all, they’ve come to Feeld to experiment, explore, and test their own boundaries.
The app has the usual location-based search tools and mutual matching features, but what really makes it standout is the team’s high standards for discretion and privacy. As an advocate for unorthodox desires, Feeld fiercely shields all members from public exposure or harassment by the unenlightened. For example, you can lock the app using a pin number to keep prying eyes away from your account.
Feeld also employs safety measures to keep fake profiles at a minimum. The app verifies a member’s age and identity by only allowing profile pictures (no nudes) added through a linked Facebook account. You don’t have to worry about your personal affairs overlapping with your social media profiles however. The dating app won’t out members through Facebook or any other social channel.
“We sometimes do not want to share our sexual curiosities with people we know,” to quote Feeld’s homepage. “Feeld gives you the opportunity to hide from your Facebook friends so they wouldn’t see you on Feeld.”
The Incognito feature helps Feeld members stay under the radar and avoid people they know while surfing for unconventional romance. That means you can use the app all you want while your Facebook friends are none the wiser. This is greatly helpful to working professionals who don’t want their private desires to become public knowledge.
Feeld is always pushing the envelop and developing new tools to help users have fun while building honest human connections. In 2017, Feeld came out with 20 suggestive lip stickers to send via iMessages. That certainly spices up online chats!
If you like what you see and want to help grow the app’s membership base (which creates a better experience for everyone involved), you can send an anonymous invite through social media. By using secret invites, Feeld grows the polyamorous community without outing friends to one another. Feeld’s founding philosophy is the more, the merrier, so the team appreciates it when members spread the word and bring more eyes to these alternative dating tools.
“We are like a boutique that you come to, and there is a limited amount of items. We need a smarter way,” Dimo told Tech Daily Times
Over the past few years, Feeld has grown by leaps and bounds. Currently, the app supports 1.8 million members interested in exploring their desires. About 40% of Feeld members are women. A majority of users have indicated on their profiles that they’re looking for a woman or another couple to have fun with — so it’s definitely a female-friendly dating space.
The Feeld team does all they can to make women feel comfortable joining the network. According to Feeld’s blog, “Apps that promote empowerment, choice, and safety for women are a step in the right direction. It’s time to make it better for women in the dating world — any sort of positive change is good for everyone involved.”
Wherever you fall on the sexuality spectrum, Feeld offers you the freedom to pursue your heart’s desire without shame or reproach. Questioning and curious individuals can keep their private affairs private and be themselves on the app.
The Feeld team takes a personal interest in welcoming newcomers and helping people find their footing in new terrain. In supportive blog posts, experts advise readers on everything from what to say to initiate sexting to how to organize an orgy.
“We’re trying to look at people from a different perspective than most apps,” said Dimo in an interview with Broadly. Feeld’s CEO criticized the dating industry for putting emphasis on a platform’s monthly active users instead of its mission. To him, the numbers don’t really matter. “We want to forget about that,” he said. “We are changing people’s lives.”
Based in London, Dimo runs a far-reaching operation to improve the dating app. He has a passion for the unconventional and rewards team members who think outside the box as they grow dating networks in London, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other well-populated hot spots.
As the company expands, the Feeld team keeps users in the loop by writing regular updates of their progress on projects like making the app multilingual and fine-tuning the back end. “We have a few internal projects going on,” read one blog post, “which will raise the bar when it comes to your privacy and experience.”
Dimo has placed honesty and openness at the forefront of his app as well as his company. Feeld’s lean team enjoys enormous creative freedom, transparent salaries, and a compassionate social mission. Fifteen enthusiastic employees work remotely around the world to make the polyamorous app the best it can be.
By collaborating with innovators from all walks of life, Dimo develops and produces cutting-edge connection tools that bring people together on Feeld.
Does all this sound exciting and worthwhile? Then you can apply online to join the team. Currently, positions at Feeld include iOS Engineer, Operations Manager, Digital Acquisition manager, and Partnerships. These self-starters will help establish Feeld as a pre-eminent resource for daters around the world. According to the website, “Feeld is constantly looking for passionate humans capable of changing society through words, code, ideas, design.” That last part being especially important to Ana and Dimo
“We are a highly design-centric brand and collaborate with big names from the industry,” Ana said. “Both me and Dimo are designers by trade, and we believe that design is what sets us apart and contributes to making the Feeld experience intimate, pleasant, and safe. I actually ended up working with Feeld and am currently heading product development, and I am an avid Feeld user.”
When Ana openly expressed her desires with her partner, she increased the amount of love in the world and started a beautiful journey toward validation and acceptance. Dimo supports the feelings of his partner wholeheartedly and expressed his love by building a tool that supports an international polyamorous network of people who share similar fantasies and experiences.
Feeld opens millions of singles and couples up to flirtatious possibilities with no strings attached. It’s a discreet and safe way to explore your sexuality. By mingling on Feeld, you can become lucky in lust and introduce yourself to an active dating scene where three isn’t crowd.
The rave reviews speak to the satisfaction to be had on Feeld. “This is hands down the best app of its kind,” wrote Lilmermaidluv in an iTunes customer review. “The app is getting more and more people every day, [and] we’ve been pleasantly surprised with the results for our area.”
“I’ve received so many emails where people have told me they look at us as saving them from society,” Dimo said. “We’ve created a special place where people can come and connect.”