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Jim Safka, Former CEO of Match.com
Safka was the Chief Executive Officer of Match.com since he took office on September 9, 2004 to 2006. Before joining
Match.com, Safka served as the vice president and general
manager of e-commerce for AT&T Wireless. He joined
AT&T Wireless in 2002, after working with E*TRADE
Financial Corporation for 5 years. Safka worked his
way up to vice president of marketing at E*TRADE before
leaving to join AT&T Wireless.
Safka’s technology marketing career began in
the mid-1990’s when he joined Intuit, working
as product manager for Quicken Financial Planner and
Quicken.com under Intuit co-founder Scott Cook. Before
than he served various brand product management positions
for companies including Alberto-Culver, Inc., Warner
Bros, Inc., and Paramount Pictures.
Safka received a Masters in Business Administration
from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management
at Northwester University. He undergraduate work was
conducted at the University of Southern California,
where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
In January 2008,, Safka was named CEO of Ask.com.
Quotes from Safka
About Joining Match.com
an outstanding company with exciting prospects for the future. I'm looking forward
to joining the
team and leading the company to the next level of
growth in online dating, one of the most powerful categories
in e-commerce today."
About the Launch of Chemistry.com
"No one understands the diverse needs of single
people better than Match.com… Our
research identified a growing segment of single adults
who are actively
looking for someone to build a life with. They want
a partner like Chemistry.com that
can introduce them to more of the right people and
get them face-to-face
"Just like Match.com did
a decade ago, we believe that Chemistry.com is going
to revolutionize the way
that people connect and build relationships."
About Match.com's “How
To Find The Right Person In 90 Days” Guide
"From the beginning, Match.com has led a cultural
shift, expanding the possibilities for single people…Everything
about the way people connect, communicate and find
love has changed, but the basic human desire for love
is the same as it's always been. With our new program,
we hope to hear about even more Match.com success
stories this year."
About Searching Profiles on Match.com
"In many ways, we’re in the search business.
And in the search business, you have to have the most
search tools. And so, we’ve got the most members
and the most popular searching capabilities to be able
to find people that have characteristics of folks that
you’d be looking for." (Nightly Business
Report article "Business of
Love"-Cyber Dating, February 14, 2005)
About Member Background Checks
"That's a solution looking for a problem." (USA
"We thought it's just wrong. It actually does
more harm than it does good…[Background checks]
potentially give customers a false sense of security."
About Emerging Online Dating Technologies
"[Video chatting] is not plug-and-play for the consumer
today, but three to five years from now it will be
an important part of our business." (USA Today)
“For ten years, Match.com has worked to harness
the power of technology to help connect people. The
growth of our wireless presence offers our members
the ability to connect with each other – anytime,
anywhere…It is incredibly simple for our members
to sign up, and they have the ability to transfer their
existing Match.com profile to the mobile service.”
About Match.com Expanding
"We feel like we’re in the first or second
inning of a nine-inning game…We’re right
at the beginning of it [international market, especially
Asia-Pacific region], and the opportunity is a global
one." (D Magazine)
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