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Tinder’s Chief Product Officer Brian Norgard leave to become an entrepreneur

Brian Norgard left the dating app company to focus on building and investing to small businesses.

Brian Norgard is the Chief Product Officer—and team builder extraordinaire—at Tinder. Under his leadership, Tinder is the fastest growing mobile revenue company in consumer Internet history. Brian is considered one of the most authoritative voices in the dynamics surrounding subscription-based business models.

Norgard’s product philosophy of simple, fun, and useful, is utilized throughout the industry and has resulted in more than 200 million downloads. His product team is consistently lauded as world-class and the best-in-the-industry with respect to experience design.

At 25, Norgard was the youngest GM/VP in the history of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp after the acquisition of his first company Newroo where he served as the GM of MySpace News and FIM Labs. In 2012, he built one of the fastest growing Facebook applications in history (Chill) which reached over 30M people. After which, Norgard’s Kleiner Perkins funded the mobile messaging application Tappy, and became Tinder’s first acquisition. Norgard also co-founded the advertising network, which was acquired by Nestivity in 2014.

Norgard announced that he will leave Tinder and wants to get back on his entrepreneurial roots like Keith Rabois, a venture capitalist as his inspiration. He said that his strength has always been in the early-stage game and is leaving the dating application company to focus on building products and investing in early-stage businesses.

According to him, he’s already invested in Coinmine – a cryptocurrency mining startup founded by Justin Lambert. He was trying to take all his wonderful learning experience to bring them in his investing.

Tinder has not yet found a successor of Norgard.