eBay executive Chris Payne, who left the ecommerce site in December “to pursue a new business venture” has joined Tinder as CEO. Tinder is a mobile dating app that uses location-based data to connect users, and Payne joins as the company began an effort to monetize the app. eBay and PayPal have lost numerous executives as it prepares to split the company this year.
Payne tweeted on Friday, “It’s a match! I swiped right on Tinder! So fired up to work with @seanrad and the entire Tinder team.”
The tweet was a play on words – swiping left on a Tinder user rejects them, while if two users mutually right-swipe each other, they can connect.
IAC describes the site on its website: “Tinder was launched to address the social and physical barriers of forming new friendships and relationships. Using social data, Tinder anonymously finds people nearby that like each other and connects them if they are both interested.”
Payne had good things to say about his time at eBay in an interview with Mashablelast fall, boasting of the kind of impact employees could have on users, while dissing the pace of innovation at Facebook.
In a statement issued to Mashable, Tinder’s former CEO, who will remain on as President, said Payne would bring his experience running a technology business that operated at massive scale. “Christopher’s leadership will keep Tinder on its rapid growth trajectory, and his experience will guide us in exploiting the myriad opportunities ahead of us.”
If it seems like a stretch to go from ecommerce to dating, Payne told TechCrunch, “I’ve spent my career at companies that are aspiring to change the world through software, and that’s what Tinder really is.”
In its coverage of the news, the New York Post cited “insiders” who said Payne had negotiated for months in an effort to move Tinder’s LA office to San Francisco.