Grindr Celebrates Sixth Anniversary


Today is the sixth birthday of pioneering gay dating app Grindr.

In honour of the milestone, founder & CEO Joel Simkhai has written a blog on the site about the app’s journey over these past six years.

Simkhai started Grindr in 2009, and he and the team have grown the company to house 1.7m daily active users in 192 countries, with guys sending 70m messages and exchanging 5m photos every day.

We recently named Simkhai as one the dating industry’s most influential people in the GDI Power Book – to read about his career highlights, business inspiration and favourite brands, download the report below:

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Read Simkhai’s post about Grindr’s sixth anniversary here:

Today is a BIG day for Grindr — it’s our sixth birthday! It has been an amazing ride full of new features, designs and additions to the Grindr family.

First and foremost, we have to thank our amazing users all around the world — it’s because of them that we’ve remained the category leader ever since we pioneered location-based meet-up apps. From the beginning, we focused on a simple solution to a big problem, and Grindr hasn’t deviated from that path and neither have millions of dedicated Grindr guys. And even though our look has evolved over the years, the app is still the fastest, easiest way to meet guys nearby.

We’ve had the opportunity to partner with great organizations like amfAR and ORAM for initiatives through Grindr for Equality to advance gay rights internationally. Grindr has broken into mainstream culture and is regularly on TV shows from “The Simpsons” to “Broad City” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” among others. Most recently, Madonna turned to Grindr as a launch platform for her latest album.

Since our launch in 2009, we’ve experienced explosive growth and today we have more than 1.6 million active daily users exchanging 70+ million chat messages and 5+ million pictures on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android. While the U.S. is still our number one country in terms of users, we have a huge global reach with guys logging into Grindr in 192 countries around the world with both Grindr and Grindr Xtra.

We have an accomplished and growing LA-based team that is continuously working to make the app easier and more fun for our users. Our team works with cutting-edge technology and are always thinking about how to tackle challenges to keep Grindr at the forefront of location-based apps. We are incredibly grateful to our team for their amazing contributions that make Grindr all that it is today.

We’ve recently updated Grindr’s profile and chat capabilities and in the future we’re working to make it even faster and easier for guys to meet. If you think you have what it takes and are interested to being part of a globally recognized, rapidly expanding pioneer app, Grindr is always looking for talented people to join the team and we pay top of the market for engineering talent. Come help make the next six years even more amazing.

Simon Edmunds

Simon is the former editor of Global Dating Insights. Born in Newcastle, he has an English degree from Queen Mary, London and after working for the NHS, trained as a journalist with the Press Association. Passionate about music, journalism and Newcastle United.

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