Sam Yagan OkCupid founder

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Sam Yagan is colloquially known as the “grandfather of online dating.”

He founded OKCupid in 2003 with some friends whom he met while attending Harvard University, where he started SparkNotes, a study-guide company. Yagan went on to become the CEO of and also spent time as a director at Tinder, a product of Match Group, which also owns OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, Hinge, and

When he was starting OKCupid, Yagan said he and his friends were looking for a different solution to online dating, one that used mathematics and substantive data to predict compatibility.

“We basically said, rather than us try to figure out how people should date, let’s basically try to create a model, an algorithm that models the real world,” Yagan told Insider in an interview last year.

As such, Yagan and his business partners designed a website with a question-and-answer system to help people determine whom to date.

What he found when he looked at the data was somewhat surprising. 

“You can disagree on religion, you can disagree on pets, you can disagree on lots of things,” Yagan said, adding that three specific questions were the best predictors of long-term compatibility in a relationship. 

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Source:: Businessinsider – Life


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