Behind The Desk Hinge CEO On Overcoming Addiction And Building A Multimillion-Dollar Dating App


By Taylor Locke

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This story is part of the Behind the Desk series, where, CNBC Make It gets personal with successful business executives to find out everything from how they got to where they are to what makes them get out of bed in the morning to their daily routines.

Justin McLeod, co-founder and CEO of Hinge originally created the dating app “to solve my own problem.”

“I originally started [Hinge] for me,” McLeod, 37, tells CNBC Make It.

In 2011, McLeod was attending Harvard Business School. He had recently committed to stop drinking after struggling with addiction for years, and he was having difficulty moving on from his college girlfriend.

While trying to stay sober and struggling with heartbreak, he decided to create a solution. “I was heartbroken, and then I had this idea,” he says.

McLeod created Hinge to be a dating app geared…click here to continue reading