Flikdate is a live video dating app—think a hybrid between Chatroulette and Vancouver's PlentyOfFish.
It's a Silicon Valley startup founded by four women: Dominika Wolski, Crystal Johnson, Lauren Lin and Kimberly Hunt.
Dominika is a Canadian actress and entrepreneur. And mong the iOS app's advisors is another prominently Canadian name: Ryan Holmes. Ryan is the founder of Vancouver's Invoke Media and CEO of HootSuite, a social media dashboard valued at up to $500 million.
Ryan must see some promise in this app, which should be available for download in Apple's App Store within a week. The free app will monetize through a premium model (that's how HootSuite monetizes) where users buy a bunch of extra "fliks" to go on more (or longer) live video dates over wifi or 3G for 99 cents.
Like Sean Parker's newly launched Airtime, which is also reminiscent of Chatroulette, users log in via their Facebook accounts, which enhances legitimacy of accounts and allows users to be banned should they show off their "Chatroulette penis," a common issue that plagued the anonymous website.
After the iPhone app is alive and well, an Android edition will soon follow. Also in the works are geo-fencing possibilities, which would allow users to search for dates only within specific areas.
While the idea is new overall, it's not the first execution. WhosHere did something similar in May, as did Date.fm in April.