‘Lazy and Disloyal’ Dating Site Founder Dies at 91
A former dating site founder who was a fierce critic of the dating site business and accused of being a “Lazy” and “Disloyal” by the company he founded is dead at age 91, his widow has said.
Gail Robinson was a prolific entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the dating website company Seo in the late 1980s and was considered a leading figure in the early days of the web.
She left the company last year after she suffered a heart attack and died in her sleep.
She had been ill for the past six weeks.
Robinson, who was the founder and chief executive officer of Seo for the better part of a decade, founded the company with her husband, Richard, in 1981.
She was a staunch critic of dating sites like Plenty of Fish, and was a frequent critic of companies like Match.com, where she said there was a lack of integrity and respect for customers.
In her resignation letter to the company, Robinson said she was “deeply saddened” by her husband’s death, which happened in her bed in her New York City home on Saturday.
She wrote: “I have spent most of my life as an entrepreneur and entrepreneur-in-training.
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my husband, and his death, at the age of 91.
He left us with two young daughters and a great legacy, and I want to express my deepest condolences to his daughters, whom I will miss dearly.”
Robinson said that the company had been on the rise, with nearly $50 million in revenue in 2017, but was now struggling to survive.
She said in her letter to employees that she was also disappointed by the timing of her death.
She also wrote that she wanted to “please” her customers and the company’s founders, and promised to be a part of her husbands legacy and continue to help her legacy and others.