Tinder Hires New VP of Engineering


Tinder have hired former Microsoft and eBay employee Hugh Williams as their VP of Engineering.

Williams spent over four years as a VP at eBay, looking after over 1,000 product managers, data scientists, engineers, and designers that built eBay’s products.

He also worked as a partner at Microsoft, and was a development manager for the Bing search team.

And prior to joining Tinder, Williams was an SVP and executive at Pivotal, a company created in 2013 by the EMC Federation, where he led their big data and application fabric tech teams.

In a blog post speaking about his new job at Tinder, Williams said:

“I’ve spent the past seven months thinking about what I want to do next. Tinder checks all the boxes: it matters to millions of people every day, it’s a chance to lead and grow an amazing technology team, it’s a challenging technical problem space, and it’s a chance to work with my good friend and colleague Christopher Payne for the third time.

“Would you like to work at Tinder too? I can promise you hard problems, fun technical challenges, interesting applied science work, and a cool company environment with amazing talent to work alongside. Send me an email at hugh@tinder.com.”

New Tinder CEO Chris Payne said scaling the product is the company’s biggest challenge at the moment, and that Williams would be tasked with that, alongside improving the matching systems and blocking filters to improve the customer experience.

Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier in the year, co-founder Sean Rad said the company was planning a new product launch soon, that would likely see Tinder evolve from their famous swiping mechanism.

Rad hinted that Tinder was looking for new ways of connecting people, not in different verticals such as business, but in ways other than the double right swipe.