Could you imagine loosing your girlfriend to your own creation? That’s what happened to the founder of Match.com, who lost his girlfriend to a man she met on Match.com. OUCH!
Way back in the infancy of the internet, online dating was a relatively new thing. Well, everything online was a new thing. Gary Kremen, remember that name, was one of the pioneers of the internet at that time. He created several domains, from porn to cars to housing. As well as being the founder of Match.com, which was going to prove to be a rather bitter endeavor for him.
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How the founder of Match.com lost his girlfriend to a man she met on Match.com
In 1993, Gary Kremen saw potential in online dating, but the world was yet to be convinced, so he created Match.com. As people weren’t dating online, probably due to it having negative connotations, he worked on a solution to the problem. What Kremen did was get everyone in the company to create a profile on the site. This even included his girlfriend at the time, even though they were in a relationship. Uh oh. I bet you can see his problem already developing.
Well it appears as though his idea worked. This trick helped the company grow the number of users, but it came at a cost Kremen. His girlfriend met another man on the site, and left Kremen for him. But all wasn’t lost. Gary Kremen has said that it was painful, but it showed him that the site worked.
Today Match.com is one of the world’s largest and most popular websites. It is ranked in the top 500 worldwide, and has a total of 21,575,000 members. To think its success started when the girlfriend of the founder of Match.com left him for another man.