Tinder, a wildly popular mobile dating app, has in just 17 months, become something of a cultural phenomenon. Its obsessed user base, made up mostly of 18-24 year-olds, has grown by millions in the last 30 days. The startup’s success earned two of its 27-year-old co-founders, Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, spots on the Forbes 2013 “30 Under 30” list.
We spoke to Rad and Mateen by phone from their Los Angeles headquarters for this week’s magazine feature about the future of dating in a digital world, “The New Dating Game.” When asked about how they came up with the blockbuster idea, the pair had a surprisingly unscripted answer:
“Here’s how it started,” said Rad by phone. “Justin needed help meeting people because he had, what’s that disorder you have where you don’t leave the house?”
Without skipping a beat, Mateen pushed back against the accusation of agoraphobia with a…
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