Match Group, the online dating company that owns services like Tinder and Match.com, wants to buy Bumble, another popular dating app that lets women make the first move. Match Group is suing Bumble, which was founded by one of Tinder’s co-founders, for infringing on two of its patents, including a design patent for Tinder’s now-famous swipe-to-connect feature, according to the suit.But Match may be trying to push the deal along in an unconventional way: A new patent infringement lawsuit filed late Friday in U. Match also claims that early Bumble executives Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick, who both previously worked at Tinder, stole “confidential information related to proposed Tinder features,” including the idea for a feature that lets users go back if they accidentally skip someone, according to the suit.Maxym Polyakov, 38, is president of EOS Launcher, Inc.,which will be conducting the auction. 27, but it is run out of Polyakov’s offices in Menlo Park, Calif.According to Polyakov’s Linkedin profile, EOS stands for Earth Observing System.In 1999, Andreev founded Spy Log, a web-tracking business which helped webmasters track visits to their sites, as well as track users' habits on the web.Although there were already existing services from Rambler and Mail.ru, Spy Log grew quickly.
Presumably, Badoo and its other dating services would be included in any deal for Bumble.
But Match, Tinder and Bumble have a long and interesting history.
Most recently, Match made an offer to buy Bumble last summer for 0 million, according to Tech Crunch.
In 2002, Andreev started contextual advertising firm Begun, often described as an earlier version of Google Ad Words.
A majority share of the company was purchased by Russian investment firm FINAM in 2004.