For as far as he could remember, Sean Rad has always loved solving problems. The urge to act every time he saw a better way of doing things naturally led him to becoming an entrepreneur.
A few years ago, twenty-something Rad was sitting in a coffee shop with his friends. At one point, he looks at a girl sitting across the room. The girl noticed. She looked back at him… and smiled. What happened next? Did Rad walk up to her to ask her on a date? That, we don’t know, but probably not. In fact, Rad, a shy person by nature, had been going through a personal improvement phase. He was trying to understand why he had trouble walking up to girls he liked. That’s right, the problem of just about every man on earth.
Back to the coffee shop encounter. After analyzing what happened, Rad made a discovery. By smiling at him, the girl removed the barrier to starting a conversation, and the stress that comes with it. Like the problem solver he was, his natural next step was to think of a mobile app that eases the challenge of talking to strangers. Although he and his team had other projects going on, they started working on the app, which later became known as Tinder.
Tinder matches nearby people who have indicated interest in each other. The world-famous dating app claims credit for over 20 billion relationships, marriages, and matches that might not have happened otherwise. Dating problem solved.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In Rad’s case, dating was the necessity, but there are still so many problems out there for us to solve. What’s your necessity? And most importantly, what are you going to do about it?
- As told by Sean Rad for Success! How I did it.
© Story by Tarek Issa.