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It influenced a slew of copycat heterosexual sites, and paved the way for mobile phone dating apps such as Grindr, Scruff, and Tinder that are today enjoyed by tens of millions.
At the peak of Gaydar’s success in the late '00s, it had more than 5 million subscribers.
Henry Badenhorst, the cofounder of the trailblazing Gaydar dating website, has died after falling from a tower block in his native South Africa, close friends of the businessman have confirmed to Buzz Feed News. The cause of death has not yet been formally established, but it is understood he killed himself.
Along with Gary Frisch, his business and romantic partner, Badenhorst founded Gaydar in November 1999.
He is also the co-founder of Viralogy.com, which measures and ranks your social influence online.
He loves to meet other young, motivated entrepreneurs, and can be reached though his personal blog.The Independent on Sunday named Badenhorst the fourth most influential LGBT person in Britain in 2007.And despite becoming increasingly known as a hook-up tool – as well as a dating site – it broke into mainstream culture, attracting blue chip advertisers from Ford to American Express, such was the draw of the so-called pink pound.But it was Gaydar that made their name and their fortune, and forged incalculable connections between gay, bi and queer men.Although a few dating sites such as had begun to capitalise on both the new opportunities the burgeoning internet offered and the need among gay and bisexual men to connect, Gaydar revolutionised the way it was done.He said Badenhorst had been suffering from depression.