Barry Diller: Facebook is trying to "steal" Tinder's cofounder
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April 12, 2014
What's the pressure from Facebook? Can they do anything realistically to harm us?
I don't think so directly. But their attempts to hire Sean away from us potentially indicate they believe something like Tinder could be replicated by them. I'd like to avoid that, though I don't know that FB itself makes it that much more likely to succeed than anyone else.
Could SR actually go to Facebook and rip off Tinder?
Legally he might be able to try. We'd claim noncompete, he'd claim CA enforceability problems. Practically, everyone's trying to rip off Tinder. Its a very simple product. What they did amazingly was how they seeded it, instantly creating a brand. The question is whether that could be replicated, and whether FB could help.
I wonder if I should bang MZ for stirring this up...
Thought about that. I wouldn't at this moment, though. Let's see how it goes Monday. May need to at some point, but I don't want to do anything that tips Sean in the other direction if he's falling our way right now.
Fine, but at some point I'm going to tell him I think it's bad behavior to talk with me about how great Tinder is, and then try to steal the Founder.
[This document is from Sean Rad v. IAC/InterActiveCorp (2021).]