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Joel Simkhai

Founder and CEO, Grindr

As founder and CEO of Grindr, Joel Simkhai knows a thing or two about connectivity in the digital age. Joel launched Grindr in 2009 as a way to meet and network with other gay men, who are often hard to identify. During the last seven years, Grindr has become more than just a small start up endeavor for Joel. More than 7 million people around the world are Grindr users. Two million of these users log on each day to see who else is in close proximity with the help of Grindr’s geo-networking capabilities, a first of its kind. Joel’s pioneering spirit, and his love of evolving technology and idea exchange, has grown Grindr from a networking app to an integral lifestyle hub for the LGBT community that continues to resonate throughout pop culture.