Sam Yagan is the co-founder and CEO of OKCupid, the US’ largest internet dating site, also making a few waves here in the UK. It is, in Sam’s admission, what a dating site looks like when four math majors have a stab at helping people find their perfect match. With math. It’s been rather successful; they were recently purchased by Match.com for a reported $50 million in cash.
OKCupid collects a lot of data on its users, who are primarily between the ages of 18-34, and they do a lot of fascinating number crunching. The results are found on their OKTrends blog.
I spoke with Sam about the social shifts that we’ve witnessed in the past decade that have made online dating OK, and he offered his thoughts on how online dating will save the world.
This is the whole, unedited interview. An edited version will be included on the TechWeekly podcast from 2 May.