WSJ - Jan 25 - Tinder CEO, Elie Seidman, says he invites criticism but doesn't act on every piece of advice he receives. He prefers feedback from people with whom he's worked closely so he knows how to interpret their suggestions. Here are his trusted advisers:
Allen Kay, Retired partner at Korey Kay & Partners
Mr. Seidman first sought out Mr. Kay in 2009 while looking for an advertising firm to represent his first startup - hotel review site Oyster.com. In the years since, Mr. Seidman regularly calls on Mr. Kay for branding advice.
Nick Hammerschlag, President of Entangled Group
Although Mr. Hammerschlag is 12 years his junior, Mr. Seidman considers his former colleague at General Atlantic Partners a vital mentor. Mr Seidman calls on Mr. Hammerschlag, now leading an education strategy consultancy, for a "perspective that is generationally relevant" given that Tinder's audience is skewed toward users in their 20s.
Jocelyn Goldfein, Managing director at Zetta Venture Partners
"She's one of my thinkers for management, engineering and product," says Mr. Seidman.
James Bennett, Chairman and CEO of Midcon Midstream LP
Mr. Seidman says he takes insights from Mr. Bennett's fresh approach to managing a workforce with diverse educational backgrounds.