About

Founded in 2003, Mate1.com launched with a mission to make online dating easy and to welcome the broadest possible audience. Since then, we’ve become one of the top mainstream platforms for singles to connect online. We cater to all types of relationship-seekers, from casual to long-term, and offer a deep and diverse database of singles to draw from – over 35 million registered users around the world including the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

Besides being a great dating service, Mate1.com is also an incredible place to work.
We are highly experimental, data-driven, courageous, and agile (which is why we’re able to compete with companies many times our size). Every day our amazing team solves problems and creates new opportunities in an open and innovative environment.

Run by an enterprising sister-brother duo, the company remains 100% family-owned and independent – we answer to customers rather than shareholders. The majority of our operations are run out of our Montreal location, with a satellite office in Victoria, BC.

Our Story

We’re a growing company with the soul of a start-up.
Mate1.com started in 2003 with eight employees and no outside investors. Within two years, we were the third largest dating site in the world. Though we now have a team of 40+, the company remains 100% privately owned by siblings Liz and Charles, and we’ve maintained the collaborative, non-hierarchical spirit of a start-up.

Love is in the air at Mate1.com.
A handful of staffers found a spouse or permanent companion at work. Three met someone on Mate1.com, and six others are now couples that met on the job. What can we say? The magic of Mate1.com is contagious!

Our Team

We aspire to create a workplace that is fun, inventive and inclusive.
Our transparent culture fosters an environment where team members are encouraged to think beyond their job descriptions and contribute to the overall growth of the company. Every voice is respected in our non-hierarchical structure. We regularly share business and financial updates, and constantly seek feedback. We have regular social events, lunchtime learning sessions, and a humorous weekly company newsletter.

Mate1.com’s diverse workforce enriches both the work we do and the inclusive and creative culture we try to create. Our various backgrounds and perspectives are a large part of what makes Mate1.com unique.

Executives

Elizabeth Wasserman

Co-founder and CEO

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Elizabeth Wasserman

Co-founder and CEO

Liz is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mate1.com. She launched it as a lean start-up in 2003, when online dating was still a relatively new concept.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from McGill University, where she edited the McGill Tribune. Prior to founding Mate1, Liz helped produce documentaries for A&E with acclaimed director Gaylen Ross. She was also a regular contributor to The Atlantic.

Liz is a member of the Young President’s Organization and divides her time between Ottawa and Montreal.

Charles Wasserman

Co-Founder and President

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Charles Wasserman

Co-Founder and President

Charles is the Co-Founder and President of Mate1.com. Prior to this, Charles led the marketing team for 7 years as CMO and more recently as General Manager.

Charles is passionate about online innovation and building great teams. He graduated with a degree in History from the University of Toronto and will soon begin his Executive MBA at The Richard Ivey School of Business. He strives to stay ahead of the curve in digital marketing and business development by attending international conferences where he networks with thought leaders and other industry influencers.

He is a member of Entrepreneur’s Organization, and an advisor to Startup Entrepreneurs. He is an avid skier and plays offence on the Mate1 ball hockey team.

Leadership

Andrew Stern

VP Marketing

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Andrew Stern

VP Marketing

A media buyer by trade, Andrew originally joined Mate1.com in 2012 to help develop our mobile aquisition strategy. Since then he has cultivated a talented, dominant Marketing team in Mate1.com’s Victoria office. With a focus on performance and discipline, his team excels in driving profitable new users and building long term partnerships throughout the industry.

Growing up on the west coast of Canada, Andrew loves everything involved with the outdoors such as camping, hiking, and snowboarding. When he is not taking advantage of his local surrounding he is out exploring the world, with food as a central theme. Some of his favorites include Japan, South Africa, Peru, and Laos.

Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree of Commerce from the University of Victoria where he graduated with distinction and has studied/interned abroad in Hong Kong and Cape Town.

Hisham Mardam-Bey

Chief Technology Officer

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Hisham Mardam-Bey

Chief Technology Officer

Hisham started with Mate1.com in 2007 as a Technical Lead. Today, we are proud that he shares his creative problem-solving skills as our CTO. A master’s graduate of Lebanese American University’s Computer Science program, Hisham manages the engineering group and IT operations. He also ensures product architecture runs in line with our company’s vision. One of the best parts of his job is to mentor and advance his teammates. In his free time, he’s either learningor writing code. He also has a weak spot for Montreal poutine, which can be difficult given his second career: working out rigorously and staying fit.

Mauricio Idarraga

VP Operations

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Mauricio Idarraga

VP Operations

Mauricio joined Mate1.com in May 2015. In his role, he oversees day-to-day operations to support the growth and add to the bottom line of the organization. Prior to this, he worked in corporate banking, software development and e-commerce.

Mauricio is an avid salsa dancer, alpine skier and wake surfer. He also enjoys living a healthy and frugal lifestyle.

Mauricio holds an MBA from HEC Montréal and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Concordia University.

Team

Let us introduce you to a few of our talented team members:

Abel

Media Buyer

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Abel

Media Buyer

Alice

BI Analyst

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Alice

BI Analyst

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.

Ana

Graphic Designer

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Ana

Graphic Designer

I wish the world was made of chocolate

Brian

Technical Project Manager

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Brian

Technical Project Manager

No! No! No! No!

Francis

Software Developer

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Francis

Software Developer

I am made of paprika

James

BI Analyst

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James

BI Analyst

In God we trust. Everyone else bring data

Jann

Executive Assistant

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Jann

Executive Assistant

Legal Eagle

Jesse

Senior Media Buyer

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Jesse

Senior Media Buyer

My relationship with whisky has been on the rocks lately

Jessica

Product Manager

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Jessica

Product Manager

Jiawei

Database Engineer

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Jiawei

Database Engineer

Play with Python and MYSQL most of the time

Jos

Network Manager

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Jos

Network Manager

Ideas Man

Julie

Customer Support

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Julie

Customer Support

Would probably buy you a drink.

Keith

Customer Support

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Keith

Customer Support

Hello

Lauren

Customer Support

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Lauren

Customer Support

How can I help you?

Mathieu

Web Integrator

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Mathieu

Web Integrator

Made in Taïwan

Matthew

Quality Assurance Developer

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Matthew

Quality Assurance Developer

Can I have a moment to think about it? Wait, no, don't put that!

Maxim

Software Developer

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Maxim

Software Developer

If the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

Meet

Software Developer

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Meet

Software Developer

Bug? That's not a bug, that's a feature!

Mike

Customer Support

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Mike

Customer Support

Gentleman, Scholar, Quicker-fixer-upper

Munchkin

Team Mascot

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Munchkin

Team Mascot

Sonja

Quality Assurance Developer

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Sonja

Quality Assurance Developer

Keep calm and call me a doctor

Steven

Senior Quality Assurance Analyst

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Steven

Senior Quality Assurance Analyst

You build it, I'll break it!

Wendy

Senior Software Developer and Team Lead

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Wendy

Senior Software Developer and Team Lead

Code works on my computer. Your environment is broken.

Our Technology

Mate1.com is built on brain power derived from our small team based in Montreal. We work on all sorts of interesting projects dealing with mobile applications, web applications, lots of data processing, as well as very detailed A/B testing and feature customization.

We love using Scala (and Java) to write most of our code. We also use Ext-JS and some PHP (hello HHVM!) to quickly prototype and develop parts of our front-end. We employ a variety of databases that suit our needs, mainly MySQL, Apache Cassandra, and Redis, as well as Hadoop for long-term storage and heavy data jobs.

We are also early adopters of technology; we started using Apache Kafka as our data pipeline during its early stages of development and continue to do so; the same applies to Apache Cassandra (http://goo.gl/lWdC2Q).

We are major proponents of open source software and we make our OSS code available on Github.