27 Nov Starting in 2017, Match Group set its sights on another dating upstart: Hinge, an app focused on finding long-term connections
One year later, Rad became chairman of Tinder and Greg Blatt became Tinder's CEO while simultaneously serving as CEO and chairman of Match Group. By 2017, Tinder had merged under the Match Group umbrella.
In 2018, Rad and nine other Tinder employees sued IAC, claiming IAC purposely undervalued the startup. The lawsuit sought $2 billion in damages.
The group, which included Badeen and Mateen, filed suit against both IAC and Match Group alleging that a lowball valuation was used to reduce the value of early employees' and founders' stock options.
When IAC https://datingranking.net/dating-over-60/ merged Tinder with Match Group in 2017, the suit argued, Tinder employees' options in the rapidly growing app were "stripped away," leaving them with options in Match instead, which was less valuable.
The suit also argued that Blatt valued Tinder far lower than Tinder's cofounders believed it to be worth. Additionally, Rosette Pambakian, Tinder's vice president of marketing and communications, alleged that Blatt had groped her at a Tinder holiday party in 2016.
IAC sought to dismiss the suit, which a New York state appeals court rejected in 2019.