Simkhai at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012
|Alma mater||Tufts University|
|Known for||founder and former CEO of Grindr and Blendr|
|Relatives||Jonathan Simkhai (brother)|
Joel Simkhai (born c. 1976) is an Israeli-American tech entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of geosocial networking and dating apps Grindr and Blendr. His original goal in starting Grindr was for people with similar interests to find new friends nearby.
Life and career
Simkhai was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. His mother sold jewelry, and his father was a diamond dealer. When he was three years old, his family moved to New York City. He received his bachelor of arts degree in International Relations & Economics from Tufts University in May 1998. After starting college, he came out to his parents and friends. He has two brothers, who are also gay.
While he started with little money or expertise and never expected Grindr to become international, he became a multimillionaire CEO of an app with millions of users worldwide. In January 2018, he left Grindr after the company was sold to Kunlun Group Limited.
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