Business

Tinder CEO says sexual harassment lawsuit is ‘full of factual inaccuracies’

Above: An ad for Tinder's app

Image Credit: Tinder

According to Tinder chief executive Sean Rad, the lawsuit filed against his company alleging a horrific story of sexual harassment and sex discrimination “is full of factual inaccuracies and omissions.”

In a private company memo leaked to TechCrunch, Rad detailed his regrets: “I wish I had done more in terms of managing what was clearly a complex situation,” he said. But, Rad claims, “we did not discriminate against Whitney because of her age or gender, and her complaint paints an inaccurate picture of my actions and what went on here.”

News of the lawsuit broke yesterday, revealing the allegations made by former Tinder marketing VP Whitney Wolfe. Wolfe alleges that she was forced out of the company and stripped of her cofounder status because of her gender. Tinder and IAC didn’t respond to VentureBeat’s requests for comment on the matter.

You can view the lawsuit in its entirety here. Here’s the leaked company memo, in full:

Hey team,

I know it’s been a difficult 24 hours for all of us…

I’ve learned a lot through this process and I wish I had done more in terms of managing what was clearly a complex situation. The communications between Justin and Whitney that have come to my attention through this process are just unacceptable. However, as many of you know, Whitney’s legal complaint is full of factual inaccuracies and omissions. We did not discriminate against Whitney because of her age or gender, and her complaint paints an inaccurate picture of my actions and what went on here. We take gender equality very seriously and none of this reflects the Tinder and culture that we have worked so hard to create.

I truly appreciate your dedication.

Sean Rad
Founder & CEO, Tinder

More information:

Tinder finds out who likes you nearby, and connects you with them if you're also interested. It all started with the realization that there are many apps that connect us with people we already know, but none that do a great job of h... read more »

Powered by VBProfiles


VentureBeat is studying the state of marketing technology. Chime in, and we’ll share the data.
12 comments
Kelsey Hannan
Kelsey Hannan

While it's not a legitimate reason to discount the serious allegations, everyone should remember the amount of money at stake here... given Tinder's billion dollar valuation and the fact that her firing directly resulted in her losing unvested equity worth a fortune. Any foul play on either side is directly related to the fact that there is a huge financial incentive for either side to act poorly against one another due to the money on the line.

Aidin Sa
Aidin Sa

@glenn darwis you actually look like one of those geeks

Mir Ahsan
Mir Ahsan

I think we're dealing with an PMS incident here...

Justin Mandly
Justin Mandly

Were those texts inaccurate? You done got sued boy!!!!!!!

Glenn Darwis
Glenn Darwis

You shouldn't expect anything less from geeks who create dating apps. That's a big indicator that they fail with women more times than not. Try and get them to talk to a pretty girl at a store and watch the terror in their eyes.

Farkhad Mousaev
Farkhad Mousaev

Use facedateapp.com. They will never reveal your private data to anyone.

Peter Michaels Allen
Peter Michaels Allen

This reads as much like a press release more than it does an internal memo. "Leaked" my ass.

Joel Reyna
Joel Reyna

His last name is Rad? Alright I am officially changing my last name to Bitch'n.