Sean Rad

  • College Party App WiGo Brings On Tinder’s Sean Rad And Justin Mateen As Backers

    College Party App WiGo Brings On Tinder’s Sean Rad And Justin Mateen As Backers

    Over the past few months, a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit from a former Tinder employee has rocked Tinder. CMO Justin Mateen was suspended almost immediately (and then resigned)
    and then, earlier this month, the CEO Sean Rad abruptly resigned, taking role of President. Today, however, the best friends from Southern California are venturing into yet another project together. Rad… Read More

  • Taylor Swift Leaves Spotify & Sean Rad Gets Demoted at Tinder

    CrunchWeek: Taylor Swift Shakes Off Spotify, Sean Rad Gets Demoted

    This week New York-based TechCrunchers Jordan Crook and Anthony Ha Skyped in to chat about Taylor Swift removing her back catalog of music from Spotify and Sean Rad’s removal from the CEO position at Tinder. Read More

  • How Much Would You Pay For An “Undo” Button On Tinder?

    How Much Would You Pay For An “Undo” Button On Tinder?

    Tinder is moving forward with a testing plan for Tinder Plus, a new paid version of the app that brings premium features to users and finally starts a revenue stream for the growing IAC-owned dating company. With the paid version, users will have access to two new central features of the app, Undo and Passport. Undo lets people go back on the person they just swiped left on, a highly… Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad Demoted From CEO, Will Serve As President And Board Member

    Tinder’s Sean Rad Demoted From CEO, Will Serve As President And Board Member

    Tinder’s parent company just swiped left on Sean Rad, who will step down as the company’s CEO, according to a report from Forbes. He is to remain with the company and serve as president of the company and will join as a member of the board. But he’s not out yet. Tinder and parent company IAC will soon start looking for a replacement CEO for the growing startup. Rad said in… Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad Says He Has Not Swiped Right To Benchmark Or Other Investors

    Tinder’s Sean Rad Says He Has Not Swiped Right To Benchmark Or Other Investors

    Tinder Co-founder Sean Rad dodged a lot of questions on the Disrupt SF stage today, not least of which was the rumor that the hot dating app is raising a round at a valuation north of $750 million from Benchmark. “Rumors,” Rad stated when our MC Jordan Crook pressed him about it. “We haven’t raised any third-party capital and there’s no deal,” he told her. Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad To Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Tinder’s Sean Rad To Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Sean Rad, the co-inventor of the hottest dating game in the land, will be joining us onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 to chat about the success of Tinder and its plans for monetization. Tinder is also currently the subject of a lawsuit served by its former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe, which we have covered here. The app in its present iteration has been around since 2012, but… Read More

  • Burned

    Burned

    It’s hard to write a story without a protagonist, but here goes. In the past week, Tinder’s former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe filed a complaint with the California courts claiming that she was sexually harassed and discriminated against at work, stripped of her co-founder title, and pushed out of the company unfairly. The challenge in telling this story, as is very common… Read More

  • Tinder CEO’s Internal Memo Says Harassment Complaint Is Inaccurate

    Tinder CEO’s Internal Memo Says Harassment Complaint Is Inaccurate

    TechCrunch has obtained an internal memo sent from Tinder CEO Sean Rad to employees in the wake of a new lawsuit waged against the company. The lawsuit focuses on the relationship between Whitney Wolfe and Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen, accusing him and the company of sexual harassment and sexism. Former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe has alleged that Justin Mateen, her ex boyfriend… Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad Hints At A Future Beyond Dating, Says The App Sees 350M Swipes A Day

    Tinder’s Sean Rad Hints At A Future Beyond Dating, Says The App Sees 350M Swipes A Day

    Sean Rad, founder and CEO of mobile dating app Tinder, offered his broader vision for the app and hinted at future features today at Disrupt Europe. Rad acknowledged that the “unwritten context” of Tinder right now is romantic relationships, but he argued that the basic mechanism, where two people are only connected when they both express interest in each other, is “a… Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad To Speak At Disrupt Europe About Expanding Overseas

    Tinder’s Sean Rad To Speak At Disrupt Europe About Expanding Overseas

    Sean Rad’s Tinder is growing rapidly and looking to Europe for new opportunities. With that we’re excited to have him speak on expanding to international markets in a few weeks at Disrupt Europe. In 2009, Sean Rad co-founded Adly, a marketing platform that connects brands with celebrities and influencers to help them increase their footprint and reach their customers on social media. Read More