Startup Nomads Behind Gay Cruising App Scruff Settle in Manhattan

New York is arguably the best city in the world for spontaneous, mobile-assisted hookups.

The team behind Scruff and Perry Street Software (three full-time employees, one part-timer) has been a startup adrift, traveling and working from various locations including San Francisco, Las Vegas, and L.A. But Scruff is finally putting down roots in New York. “We love NYC. It’s the most amazing city in the world,” founder John Skandros told Betabeat in an email. “We are still deciding where we want to set up. Our broker found us some pretty awesome spaces near Union Square and Chelsea, both on high floors with city views. We need a cool space since we plan to throw many parties there!”
Scruff is a Grindr/Growlr-esque app that lets gay men search for and chat with other gay men around them in real-time. When you find someone you like, you can “woof” at them. Available for Android and iPhone, it is the only product of Perry Street Software. Eric Silverberg is another founder and Jason Marchant is “founding member and Chief Product Officer.”

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The app is free but there are paid features available (featured profiles, enhanced messaging). “We had opportunities to take funding but we decided not to,” Mr. Skandros wrote. “We also don’t intend to take any funding now that we don’t need to. We feel very lucky to say the least.”

Scruff is not planning to release a version for straight singles, as Grindr did recently with Blendr, GaysAroundMe did with “SinglesAroundMe” and OKCupid’s “anti-Grindr.”

“We want to remain focused on SCRUFF and the gay community. That is our passion,” Mr. Skandros said.

Startup Nomads Behind Gay Cruising App Scruff Settle in Manhattan