Muzmatch Founder and CEO Shahzad Younas has been profiled by the business section of BBC News as part of its “The Boss” series.
The article covers Younas’ journey, which began in 2013 with him building the app despite having little experience. The company has just opened a second office in Bangladesh and has over one million registered members worldwide.
Younas told the BBC: “At the time there were either these really basic websites for Muslims, or big dating apps that didn’t quite get our culture.
“In the Muslim community a lot of us did, and still do, rely on matchmakers. These are ‘aunties’ in the community who know families, and who would match up a son with another family’s daughter.”
Experienced app engineer Ryan Brodie joined Muzmatch in 2016 and conducted a complete redesign of the product. Based on feedback from users, he added more profile questions, picture blurring and the option to include a chaperone in conversations.
The pair beat 13,000 other startups the following year to receive $1.5 million worth of funding from Y Combinator. The seeding giant recently invested in messaging platform SendBird.
Younas and Brodie have just been named on the 2019 Maserati 100, a list of the year’s most innovative and groundbreaking entrepreneurs.
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