Sean Rad

  • Tinder Boost lets you pay your way to the front of the line

    Tinder Boost lets you pay your way to the front of the line

    Tinder is introducing a new premium feature called Tinder Boost. The feature will let users pay to have their profiles displayed first to other users on the app in the same locale for 30 minutes. According to the announcement, it’s all about saving users’ time and making sure that the Tinder experience is maximized during the time that they’re actually using the app. From… Read More

  • Tinder invests in Vina as it inches toward friend-finding

    Tinder invests in Vina as it inches toward friend-finding

    Tinder, the dating app to rule them all, has today announced that it participated as an investor in Vina’s latest funding round. Vina, a social network where girls can meet and nurture new friendships, recently raised a $1.4 million seed round from Greylock, NEA and Wildcat Venture Partners. Tinder, as it happens, also participated in the round, investing a “meaningful… Read More

  • Homee raises $5M from Founders Fund and Tinder CEO to help you furnish your place

    Homee raises $5M from Founders Fund and Tinder CEO to help you furnish your place

    Let’s face it, you’re never going to win the HGTV Dream Home. My family has entered the maximum number of times for the last decade and has nothing to show for it. At some point every millennial has to take responsibility for the fact that their bedroom looks like a government records building. Homee is jumping into the conversational commerce trend to keep the design process… Read More

  • Sean Rad says Tinder will be more trans-friendly

    Sean Rad says Tinder will be more trans-friendly

    Tinder is set to unveil a new experience for transgender users within the next couple of months. Thus far, the app has never accounted for the non-gender-conforming demographic, instead exclusively serving cisgender users through filters for male and female only, both to self-identify and to search. Read More

  • Did Match Violate IPO “Quiet Period” Rules with Tinder Interview?

    Did Match Violate IPO “Quiet Period” Rules with Tinder Interview?

    Match.com, which is expected to price its IPO tonight, has just filed an updated document with the SEC, saying that it did not condone Tinder CEO’s Sean Rad interview with the London Evening Standard. The controversial interview, in which Rad misused the word “sodomy,” occurred in the weeks leading up to an IPO, when companies are not supposed to promote their stock to the media. Read More

  • Sean Rad Of Tinder, Ladies And Gentleman

    Sean Rad Of Tinder, Ladies And Gentleman

    Today, the world woke up to a profile of sorts from the London Evening Standard. The profile was about Tinder CEO Sean Rad. And it was, well, special. Where to start? First, let’s get the serious stuff out of the way. Rad’s parent company Match recently filed to go public. So the company is in a quiet period, right? Sure. Unless you’re Rad. Read More

  • Tinder’s Super Like Rolls Out Globally

    Tinder’s Super Like Rolls Out Globally

    Tinder, the digital equivalent of making flirty eyes at someone across a bar, is today globally launching the Super Like, the digital equivalent of walking up to someone in a bar and saying “Um, I really like you.” The company originally launched Super Like as a beta in Australia back in early September, and has since seen those users have 3x the likelihood of finding a match… Read More

  • Tinder’s Super Like Says More Than A Simple Right Swipe

    Tinder’s Super Like Says More Than A Simple Right Swipe

    Tinder has today unveiled a new feature called Super Like, which is just about as close to ‘love’ as you can come on the ultra-popular dating app. In essence, Super Like lets users alert a potential match of their undying affection before they swipe, displaying a little notification when the Super Liking user’s profile is served to the object of their desire. For the past… Read More

  • Tinder Cofounder Sean Rad Back In As CEO

    Tinder Cofounder Sean Rad Back In As CEO

    Last night it was revealed that Sean Rad, cofounder and President of Tinder, would return to the CEO position he once held and, in March, handed over to Ebay exec Chris Payne. In a press release, one of Tinder’s board directors and Benchmark partner Matt Cohler explained that “there was a mutual agreement here that it was not the right long-term fit,” speaking about… Read More

  • Tinder’s First Advertisement Is One Big Experiment

    Tinder’s First Advertisement Is One Big Experiment

    This week, Tinder unveiled its first ad in the form of a video promoting Budweiser’s next #Whatever, USA campaign. The video ad will show up for Tinder users the next time they open the app, but much like Instagram’s foray into advertising, Tinder ensures that rolling out advertising on the platform will go slow. Within a few swipes, users will land on Bud Light’s profile with… Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad Swipes Right On Disrupt NY

    Tinder’s Sean Rad Swipes Right On Disrupt NY

    Tinder cofounder Sean Rad has been interviewed at Disrupt Europe in 2013, at Disrupt San Francisco in 2014, and this year, he’ll be hitting up the Disrupt NY stage. Tinder has had a wild year. The company started off 2014 with a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by former VP of marketing Whitney Wolfe after a relationship between her and cofounder and CMO Justin Mateen ended badly. Read More

  • Former eBay Exec Chris Payne Is A Match For New Tinder CEO

    Former eBay Exec Chris Payne Is A Match For New Tinder CEO

    After an announcement months ago that Tinder founder Sean Rad would be stepping out of the CEO role and into a more presidential position, the decision has finally been made on a new CEO for the growing dating app. Christopher Payne, most recently head of eBay North America and formerly of Microsoft and Amazon, will be taking over as CEO. Read More

  • Tinder Tests Limited Right Swipes

    Tinder Tests Limited Right Swipes

    Tinder is looking at a way to swipe left on spam. The company released an update to the app that includes a beta feature for Tinder Plus called “Unlimited Likes”. Obviously, unlimited likes is already a free feature on Tinder, but the feature is only meant to be shown to spammers and bots. Read More

  • 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

  • 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