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Muzz CEO: Don’t outsource startup building – you need to be in the weeds

Muzz founder

Shahzad Younas is the founder and CEO of Muzz, a Muslim dating and marriage app.

Muzz says it has 10 million members globally and that more than half a million people have married after meeting on the app since its launch a decade ago.

The London-headquartered company was the first Muslim-centric startup to be backed by Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator.

It has raised more than $9m in investment, with backers including FJ Labs and Luxor Capital Group.

Formerly known as Muzmatch, Muzz is now available in 14 countries.

It recently launched Muzz Social, a social media platform for Muslims to connect. It has launched first in the UK, Muzz’s largest market, and will launch in the US next.

In this week’s Founder in Five Q&A, the Younas unpacks the gamble of making your first expensive senior hire, shares how he’s using transparency about company performance to motivate his team, and why he thinks the world would be better off without dating apps....