Beyond Swipes and Super Likes
Once in a while you have to get back to your roots.
Today, I am announcing I am stepping down as Chief Product Officer of Tinder, a product and company I love.
As for what is next, I am excited to share I will be ramping up my investing activities in the Bay Area with the help of Naval Ravikant and Jeff Fagnan. I am extremely passionate about supporting the next crop of world-class entrepreneurs with capital, and product/operational guidance.
It is quite surreal that my first investment, Coinmine, launches today. Coinmine is the world’s first plug-and-play cryptocurrency mining device. It is sleek (Apple-esque, according to Fortune), easy to use, and consumes less energy than a PlayStation — powered by Coinmine’s own operating system and elegant mobile app. I’ve also invested in Secfi, a fast growing pre-wealth advisor. Their platform offers company friendly financing to help startup employees exercise stock options. Already, they are working with the top brands in Silicon Valley.
I’ll also be exploring new product opportunities with the ever so talented Andrew Rudmann, who adroitly ran design at Tinder for years. Stay tuned for more on that.
To my team: thank you for the ride of my life. It has been an honor to work next to you and serve our customers. I could have never imagined this outcome five years ago.
I hold a special place in my heart for my product team. From Gold to Super Like, to Picks to Loops, Places and more, the torrent of blockbuster products we released still feels like a dream. It was a heck of a winning streak, which is simply a reflection of great teamwork and talent.
I’d also like to thank Sean Rad and Greg Blatt who — at different times in my tenure at Tinder — entrusted me with the people and responsibility to move the product roadmap forward. A special shout-out to Amarnath Thombre, who tirelessly worked with me for four years to build out the monetization path for Tinder.
What I am most proud of is not our soaring financial success, though that sure is fun — or the millions of people we helped find love— but rather the relationships I fostered with my teammates. We worshiped our customer, played the role of the underdog and worked obsessively to hold the line. It’s one for the history books.
Thank you. Onward.