Markus Frind, founder and CEO of Plenty Of Fish, the world's largest Internet dating site which is based in Vancouver.
In the background is newlywed couple Katy Severs and Mark Gomes, who met on POF five years ago.
Markus Frind, founder and CEO of Vancouver-based Plentyof Fish, the world’s largest Internet dating site, poses with newlywed couple Katy Severs and Mark Gomes, who met on the site five years ago.
— JENELLE SCHNEIDER/PNGMarkus Frind is far too lean and thoughtful to be mistaken for a mischievous cherub, but he knows more than Cupid ever will about love potions.
In his vast love machine in downtown Vancouver, the man who brings romance to millions around the world is braced for the most passionate time of the year.
As Valentine’s Day looms, Plentyof Fish founder and CEO Frind knows that the world’s desire for love, or at least a reasonable facsimile of love, is about to peak. Plentyof Fish sees spikes in new memberships after most holidays during which families get together, Frind says.“There’s pressure from family.
The Vancouver couple — she’s a junior mining marketing manager, he’s a West Side realtor — met through Plentyof Fish just over five years ago.
They spoke online for about a month before going on their first date in January 2009.
“It started to get a little crazy.”Today, he employs about 75 people in a 10,000-square-foot office dominated by big-screen monitors flashing real-time data on user log-ins, profiles and emails per second.
He won’t disclose how much revenue his private company makes but answers “of course” when asked if it makes money.“We’ve never had a loss of any kind,” he says.