And Ron Posner, one of the first angel investors in Match, said that Kremen in 1995 was “very innovative, very sure of himself...
and was one of a handful of early entrepreneurs on the Internet.” Kremen is about as quirky as he is smart.
Kremen walked away with just ,000 when he departed Match, a site that is on track to earn over 0 million in revenue in 2011.
A Chicago native, Kremen attended Northwestern University and graduated from Stanford business school in 1989.
The next day, Kremen came into the office in a tie-dyed shirt, wanted to do the interview from a brightly colored bean bag chair, and shocked everyone in the room when he said to the camera, “will bring more love to the planet than anything since Jesus Christ.” As Mc Dermott watched this scene unfold, her first thought was, “We’re destroyed.” But she soon realized Kremen’s performance was “brilliant,” as it reflected his character, his grand vision, and the company’s eccentricity.
To prove that eligible men are still out there, decided to launch the Model Males pop-up shop, where women can pick up models of potential dates.
Today, Match is the undisputed leader of online dating.
According to Internet data provider com Score, Match attracts more people than any other dating site in the U. And early this year, it announced the acquisition of Ok Cupid, one of the fastest-growing free dating sites.
The online-dating site had gone live that same year, and Gary Kremen, the founder and CEO, was slotted to speak.
The day before the interview, Match Communications Director Trish Mc Dermott gave Kremen specific instructions: don’t wear black or white, don’t wear a shirt with busy patterns, and don’t say anything controversial.Incredibly, however, Kremen has no ties to the Match brand today.