Tinder CEO Renate Nyborg thinks philosophy-educated employees provides businesses with people that have the thinking skills to solve the hardest problems. She rightly calls out that many challenges in business have no right or wrong answer and being able to sort through those kinds of problems is exactly what philosophy is good at.
Here’s what she said in an interview with Fortune magazine:
Your career has been in tech, but you majored in philosophy. What kind of foundation did that provide?
I truly think that philosophy is one of the best foundations that you can have in tech today. Technology, at the end of the day, is solving problems, at scale and for society. What philosophy gives you is grounding and a rigorous process for answering questions that don’t have a right or wrong answer. I sometimes think that every company should have a chief philosopher. Given the role that Tinder and dating apps play in society, the importance of considering the impact of even the smallest change in a button—it’s one of the most important muscles you can have working in tech.
Renate NyborgInterview with Fortune