The site, which bills itself as a place for finding deep love that leads to marriage, first launched in August 2000.Warren, who retired in 2007, came out of retirement in 2012 to help "turn around" the company.Earlier this week, I sat down with Warren -- his wife, Marylyn, of 57 years by his side -- to talk about the rough patches, the competition, and of course, the highlights.In 2005, the company was sued for discrimination of same-sex couples.To settle a lawsuit, e Harmony in 2009 launched Compatible Partners, a site for gay and lesbian singles.When it did so, Warren says 350,000 of its members fled e Harmony out of principle.The company originally started as a Christian dating site and Warren himself is an evangelical."We've suffered from the contentiousness of that topic," Warren said, who added that it wasn't about being anti-gay.
Rather, connecting people is becoming harder because "people are becoming more complex." That's a result of our increasingly wired world, said Warren, who worked as a clinical psychologist for 35 years before starting e Harmony with his son-in-law.
"The more complex you are, the harder it is to find someone with broad-based compatibility," he said.