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Spoony unveils founding team, sets launch date for Q4 2024

Spoony unveils founding team, sets launch date for Q4 2024

28 February 2024

28 February 2024

28 February 2024

Australian dating app startup Spoony has unveiled its founding team and has set a Q4 2024 launch date. Kenneth Liang (Chief Technology Officer) and Blake Crichton (Lead Experience Designer) join Nicholas Carlton (Chief Executive Officer) to build Spoony, a dating & friendship app for neurodivergent, chronically ill, and disabled people. 


Inspired by CEO & Co-Founder Nicholas Carlton’s experiences as a chronically ill person, Spoony has ambitious plans to become the leading dating & friendship app for the billions of people globally who are neurodivergent, chronically ill, or disabled. The global dating app market is valued at $8 billion.


“Today’s dating apps are a frustrating experience for most people. But for neurodivergent, chronically ill, and disabled people, this frustration is an order of magnitude more intense and distressing. Many of these users are already socially isolated, to begin with. The mainstream dating apps don’t solve the problem; in fact, they are the problem. We’re building Spoony to fix this. We want everyone— regardless of who they are— empowered to thrive through human connections,” says Nicholas Carlton, CEO & Co-Founder of Spoony. Nicholas was previously senior creative director for the leader of the Australian Greens when he was forced to medically retire due to a chronic illness.


CTO & Co-Founder Kenneth Liang brings a wealth of technical and product experience. Kenneth is currently a product engineer at Mable, the leading disability support app in Australia. He previously worked at startups Reflow Hub and Shippit. “I'm excited to join the team at Spoony, a service uniquely dedicated to empowering those in the neurodivergent, chronically ill, and disabled people community to find meaningful connections. Their vision of creating an inclusive, safe, and understanding space where individuality is celebrated and connections are deeply valued resonates with my core beliefs.,” says Kenneth Liang, CTO & Co-Founder of Spoony.


Lead Experience Designer & Co-Founder Blake Crichton, who previously held the position of Senior UX/UI Designer at Domino’s Pizza working on the online ordering platform experience, which accounts for more than $1bn in transactions, says, “I’m excited to be joining the Spoony team to help build a product that will focus on the needs of millions of people who don’t fit the typical mould. We’re going to build the most accessible dating app ever made.”


Spoony has started to assemble an impressive advisory board of leading disability advocates, which will be announced shortly. The team will spend the next few months testing and designing the UX and pitching to investors to raise pre-seed funding. It has set Q4 2024 as its target to launch in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian dating app startup Spoony has unveiled its founding team and has set a Q4 2024 launch date. Kenneth Liang (Chief Technology Officer) and Blake Crichton (Lead Experience Designer) join Nicholas Carlton (Chief Executive Officer) to build Spoony, a dating & friendship app for neurodivergent, chronically ill, and disabled people. 


Inspired by CEO & Co-Founder Nicholas Carlton’s experiences as a chronically ill person, Spoony has ambitious plans to become the leading dating & friendship app for the billions of people globally who are neurodivergent, chronically ill, or disabled. The global dating app market is valued at $8 billion.


“Today’s dating apps are a frustrating experience for most people. But for neurodivergent, chronically ill, and disabled people, this frustration is an order of magnitude more intense and distressing. Many of these users are already socially isolated, to begin with. The mainstream dating apps don’t solve the problem; in fact, they are the problem. We’re building Spoony to fix this. We want everyone— regardless of who they are— empowered to thrive through human connections,” says Nicholas Carlton, CEO & Co-Founder of Spoony. Nicholas was previously senior creative director for the leader of the Australian Greens when he was forced to medically retire due to a chronic illness.


CTO & Co-Founder Kenneth Liang brings a wealth of technical and product experience. Kenneth is currently a product engineer at Mable, the leading disability support app in Australia. He previously worked at startups Reflow Hub and Shippit. “I'm excited to join the team at Spoony, a service uniquely dedicated to empowering those in the neurodivergent, chronically ill, and disabled people community to find meaningful connections. Their vision of creating an inclusive, safe, and understanding space where individuality is celebrated and connections are deeply valued resonates with my core beliefs.,” says Kenneth Liang, CTO & Co-Founder of Spoony.


Lead Experience Designer & Co-Founder Blake Crichton, who previously held the position of Senior UX/UI Designer at Domino’s Pizza working on the online ordering platform experience, which accounts for more than $1bn in transactions, says, “I’m excited to be joining the Spoony team to help build a product that will focus on the needs of millions of people who don’t fit the typical mould. We’re going to build the most accessible dating app ever made.”


Spoony has started to assemble an impressive advisory board of leading disability advocates, which will be announced shortly. The team will spend the next few months testing and designing the UX and pitching to investors to raise pre-seed funding. It has set Q4 2024 as its target to launch in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian dating app startup Spoony has unveiled its founding team and has set a Q4 2024 launch date. Kenneth Liang (Chief Technology Officer) and Blake Crichton (Lead Experience Designer) join Nicholas Carlton (Chief Executive Officer) to build Spoony, a dating & friendship app for neurodivergent, chronically ill, and disabled people. 


Inspired by CEO & Co-Founder Nicholas Carlton’s experiences as a chronically ill person, Spoony has ambitious plans to become the leading dating & friendship app for the billions of people globally who are neurodivergent, chronically ill, or disabled. The global dating app market is valued at $8 billion.


“Today’s dating apps are a frustrating experience for most people. But for neurodivergent, chronically ill, and disabled people, this frustration is an order of magnitude more intense and distressing. Many of these users are already socially isolated, to begin with. The mainstream dating apps don’t solve the problem; in fact, they are the problem. We’re building Spoony to fix this. We want everyone— regardless of who they are— empowered to thrive through human connections,” says Nicholas Carlton, CEO & Co-Founder of Spoony. Nicholas was previously senior creative director for the leader of the Australian Greens when he was forced to medically retire due to a chronic illness.


CTO & Co-Founder Kenneth Liang brings a wealth of technical and product experience. Kenneth is currently a product engineer at Mable, the leading disability support app in Australia. He previously worked at startups Reflow Hub and Shippit. “I'm excited to join the team at Spoony, a service uniquely dedicated to empowering those in the neurodivergent, chronically ill, and disabled people community to find meaningful connections. Their vision of creating an inclusive, safe, and understanding space where individuality is celebrated and connections are deeply valued resonates with my core beliefs.,” says Kenneth Liang, CTO & Co-Founder of Spoony.


Lead Experience Designer & Co-Founder Blake Crichton, who previously held the position of Senior UX/UI Designer at Domino’s Pizza working on the online ordering platform experience, which accounts for more than $1bn in transactions, says, “I’m excited to be joining the Spoony team to help build a product that will focus on the needs of millions of people who don’t fit the typical mould. We’re going to build the most accessible dating app ever made.”


Spoony has started to assemble an impressive advisory board of leading disability advocates, which will be announced shortly. The team will spend the next few months testing and designing the UX and pitching to investors to raise pre-seed funding. It has set Q4 2024 as its target to launch in Melbourne, Australia.

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