Tinder co-founder appears to take swipe at "silly Asians"

Asia is one of the popular dating app's target markets

By Prachi Gupta
October 18, 2013 2:47AM (UTC)
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Valleywag's Sam Biddle has spotted this Facebook comment apparently by Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen that says, "silly Asians...always copying shit!" It links to a Business Insider article about China's replica of Paris:

Tinder, a dating app unofficially used for hooking up, launched in October and is already a major player in the online dating market at 50 million users and matches as of May, according to TechCrunch. Asia happens to be one if its target markets, says co-founder and CEO Sean Rad:

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Rad also sees big opportunity for growth in Asia, thanks to the explosion of mobile adoption, and is currently working on partnerships that will help it move into Asian markets and localize the Tinder experience to native languages, networks and so on. (Like how to leverage the biggest Chinese and Asian social networks for authentication, as opposed to relying on Facebook, for example.)

Looks like Mateen may have some explaining to do.


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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