DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Nov 20 - Today, 59M people are active subscribers to Match.com or one of its subsidiaries, including Tinder, OkCupid, and POF. Match.com started in 1993, when 30-year-old Stanford graduate Gary Kremen was looking for a date. Starting from scratch, he interviewed ~100 women to find out if they would use an online database - and if not, why not. 'There was definitely much more conservatism around this back then," he said. Fran Maier was tasked to create a female-friendly environment. She tweaked the questions they wanted to ask women, and she worked with a dating expert to design safety guidelines. Later, she would devise the idea of a paid membership. With ~$1.7M angel investment, Match.com launched in April 1995. By Dec 1996, they had ~100K users. Kremen stepped down as CEO in 1996 amid a dispute with investors over his leadership style and his desire to cater for LGBT users.