Tinder Swipes Left On Its CEO

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Rejection is tough. Just a few days after Tinder lashed out in a choreographed and ill-advised Twitter attack over a silly magazine story about its app, the company has fired its short-lived CEO. Yes, Tinder’s now-former chief executive Chris Payne is having a tough week.

Tinder and Payne broke up on Wednesday, pretty much before they even got started. Payne replaced Tinder co-founder Sean Rad as CEO in March, but apparently, it just wasn’t a good match. “It’s only been a few months,” said board member Matt Cohler, “but everyone came to the realisation, the board and Christopher, and all agreed it wouldn’t work out long-term.”

So Tinder and Rad are back together. Despite the sexual harassment accusations that led to his demotion last November, the 29-year-old will return as CEO and, presumably, will continue dating much younger women. Whether or not all this relationship drama is at all related to this week’s Twitter drama over that Vanity Fair “Dating Apocalypse” article remains entirely unclear.