New app launched

Eccles ‘making amends’ for tech’s damage on relationships

Lesley Eccles screenshot

Lesley Eccles: fighting legal battle (pic: Terry Murden)

Fanduel co-founder Lesley Eccles has formally launched her new product, a relationship training app that is based on the “damage” that technology has caused on personal relationships.

Relish allows users to get relationship advice from a personal “trainer'” and has attracted thousands of subscribers since a soft launch in app stores a few months ago.

California-based Trinity Ventures, which led a $2.2 million investment round in the venture alongside Bullpen Capital previously backed Starbucks in its early days.

Mrs Eccles who launched Fanduel in 2009 with husband Nigel and two friends from Edinburgh university, describes the new venture as a form of penance for the impact of tech on personal relationships, including a gaming frenzy on the Fanduel site that led to addictions and legal suits.

“I’m doing my part to make amends,” she told New York publisher Crains.

She is also nursing the unhappy outcome of the Fanduel ‘gamble’ which left the co-founders of the fantasy sports business without any financial reward when it was acquired last year.

FanDuel had moved its headquarters from Edinburgh to New York and its backers included leveraged-buyout firm KKR, which had recently launched a fund backing tech startups. Shamrock Capital, the Disney family’s investment arm, also chipped in.

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