2 Girls 1 Podcast: Gary Kremen's Match.com and the Birth of Online Dating

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The birth of online dating

The '90s. An email. And a dream.


Matt Silverman


chris boylan


Posted on Sep 24, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 5:50 am CDT

Kids today have it easy, with their “swiping right” and their “J-dates.”

Back in the early ’90s, you could barely send a profile pic to your crush. Gary Kremen wanted to change that. He co-founded Match.com, disrupted the personal ads industry, and forever changed how humans fall in love.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) ask Kremen about the tumultuous early startup days, the data behind lasting relationships, and why they’re still single after countless Tinder matches.

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*First Published: Sep 24, 2018, 5:30 am CDT