Grindr is a technology company that brings gay and bisexual men together through a geosocial networking app—no matter where they’re located in the world. Not only is it the most expansive gay social networking channel, but it’s also pioneered a hub of resources, romantic leads, and news to foster a more engaging community.
Grindr team members are extremely passionate about their product, and this is driven by a CEO who is very invested in the user experience. “I think here we’re not focused on just having people in app using it as much as possible,” shares Evelina Rodriquez, a product manager. “I think the app is really a means to an end to allow people to hang out in person and really connect in an intimate way.”
Grindr’s leaders contstantly try to facilitate a team environment that encourages brainstorming and new approaches in a way that puts its people all on the same level. “We do things in a pretty different manner—we do peer programming. We are two different people working on the same feature, so we have to adjust and see what’s the best approach that we can take,” says Angad Manchada, a software engineer.
And Grindr is there for its employees on an individual level, as well. “Being at Grindr, there are so many opportunities. And the great thing about it is that, anything you could want to do, the company facilitates for you,” says Quan Duong, a product manager. “When I wanted to learn programming, I was able to do that. When I wanted to do product, I was able to learn great product principles. Anything you want to learn at Grindr, it’s there for you. You just have to reach out for it.”
When they’re not facilitating romantic connections, the Grindr staff is having a blast together, whether celebrating birthdays and holidays or participating in quirky office events such as Dress Up Fridays. The team is made up of experts from dozens of home cities, which gives the company a global perspective in both business and fun and relaxation. Oh, and they get free breakfast every AM!
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