Grand Rapids developers’ Tabby dating app to appear on ‘Shark Tank’

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Tabby is a dating app designed for people with cats and people who want to get cats in the future. Courtesy Tabby

A dating app for cat people — made by a pair of Grand Rapids developers — will be featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” this week.

Tabby: The Cat Person’s Dating App will compete for funding on the ABC television show “Shark Tank” at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, on National Cat Day.

“Cat lovers want to cut to the chase and find someone who is compatible with their cat-forward lifestyle,” said Leigh Isaacson D’Angelo, co-founder and CEO of Tabby: The Cat Person’s Dating App, which is based in New Orleans. “No matter what happens on Shark Tank, we’re excited to tell the world we’re not ‘kitten around.’ We’re here to help cat people find love.”

Tabby was developed by Emberly Digital, a Grand Rapids-based web and software development company founded by brothers Cameron and Collin Versluis. The Versluis brothers said they’re “proud to have our pawprints all over (Tabby).”

D’Angelo pitched the sharks in Los Angeles. On stage, the Tabby team held two adoptable 4-month-old kittens from Michelson Found Animals Foundation when pitching to the sharks.

Tabby is designed for people with cats and people who want to get cats in the future. The app is available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Tabby is a subsidiary of Dig Dates, which also runs Dig: The Dog Person’s Dating App. Co-founders of both apps, Isaacson D’Angelo and Casey Isaacson are sisters.

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