Joel Simkhai is founder & CEO of Grindr, the worlds largest all-male mobile location based social network.
Joel was born in Tel Aviv in 1976, and at the age of three he emigrated from Israel with his family to New York, where he was raised. In 1998, he attended Tufts University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in a double major of International Relations and Economics. Joel then went on to work in several different fields, from finance to a news desk to a start-up, before starting his own Internet marketing firm in 2003. After establishing his business, Joel decided to move to Los Angeles for a change of scenery in March 2008. It was here in 2008 that the capability for Joel to create Grindr occurred.
Throughout his life and career, Joel had always been looking for a better way to meet the people around him. After countless missed connections and lost opportunities, he decided there must be a better way to find new people and friends around. With the announcement of the second-generation iPhone, combining GPS technology and application development for the mobile platform, the pieces came together and created the perfect combination to achieve Joel’s idea. In March 2009, Grindr was launched and has been going strong ever since.
Joel currently resides in Los Angeles.