Tinder's Dating Disaster Shows That A Frat Culture Is Rife In Tech Startups

July 2, 2014: Our collective dating destinies are in the hands of an app whose own co-founders are bickering over their ugly breakup...

Dating Disaster

Popular mobile dating app Tinder promises users with plenty of matches but never makes any guarantees that they'd find their soul mate. And how can they when the app's co-founders' own dating situation is in the gutter these days.

The multi billion-dollar company is currently going through a power struggle, in the midst of which is a bad breakup between two of their co-founders.

Tinder's former VP of marketing, Whitney Wolfe,has brought the case in which she alleges that she was sexually harassed and forced out of the company she co-founded when her romantic relationship with Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder Justin Mateen, 28, went awry.

Wolfe, in her lawsuit, has submitted copies of Mateen's threatening and spiteful messages, which he allegedly sent to her after she ditched him for another guy.

In his rant, he took aim at her, threatened to s**t on his new lover, and berated her for 'flirting' and spending time with Muslim men to whom he refers as 'Muslim pigs.'

In reply, Wolfe kept her cool and said: "Ok Justin. I'm sorry you're so upset. We are broken up and this is inappropriate."

But the Tinder CMO was having none of it. "Go talk to ur 26 year old f***ing accomplished nobody. I will s*** on him in real life," he wrote to her, before adding: "Lets see if that homo can make money without daddy. I have 5 wins under my belt...And I'm the best father. The best husband."

Through her lawyers, Wolfe has claimed that the amount of sexist and racist abuse directed at her on emails and texts shows the 'frat-like' working environment in the top management of the company.

While the court of law is best suited to decide who’s guilty, Wolfe's allegations have reopened an old debate. The tech boom's empowerment of youth is great, but the fact that it has also introduced frat culture to the corporate world is a practice that needs to be shed. Otherwise, the small number of women working in the industry would shrink down further.

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