How many CEOs of online dating networks can you name who have done advanced math research that led to someone getting the Field’s Medal — often called the Nobel Prize of mathematics? I can think of one: my friend Markus Frind, the guy behind PlentyofFish.com, one of the top dating sites in the world.

Markus recently posted a description of how he came up with an algorithm that isolated 23 prime numbers in succession for the first time, and how that research was in turn cited by Terence Tao in a paper he did on prime numbers, a paper that helped contribute to him winning the Fields Medal.

Nice work, Markus. It’s bad enough that you’re making $500,000 a month or whatever it is on your dating site (for which you are the only employee). Now you have to be a math genius as well. Next you will tell me that you have a platinum-selling CD and are hanging out with Paris Hilton and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Mathew — No, I’m the one buddies with Paris, and with the platinum album. I didn’t want to say anything though. Too shy and retiring.

Shy and retiring, eh? Riiiiiiight. ðŸ™‚

thanks for the mention.. Last time I was in San Fran for ad-tech I got to hang out with most of the playmates of the year does that count? The whole adult/ web industry is insanely connected.

I will stick to dating and not singing, its more profitable ðŸ™‚

Hanging out with most of the playmates of the year definitely counts, Markus ðŸ™‚

Interesting post. I have stumbled and twittered this for my friends. Hope others find it as interesting as I did.