Founded in 2001, by Jonathan Crutchley and Larry Basile, Online Buddies was created to connect the gay community during the rise of online dating. Strategically headquartered in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, MA, we have expanded to serve the needs of our members across the globe.
Jonathan Crutchley is co-founder and chairman of the board at Online Buddies Inc. (OLB), a leading global online media innovator. OLB exclusively serves the gay market segment through a variety of digital platforms focused on facilitating online dating, social networking, and community involvement.
A 1973 graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a BA in history, Jonathan worked as a real estate broker in Boston before meeting business partner Larry Basile. Crutchley joined Basile at Dial Information Services, a Boston and NYC-based telephone service connecting gay men, in 1992.
Along with his co-founder Larry Basile, Crutchley launched Online Buddies Inc. (OLB) in 2001. In its eleven years of existence, their flagship product
Manhunt has become a category leader. It consistently ranks among the top two websites in the United States, according to the Hitwise Lifestyle Gay and Lesbian Quarterly Top Ten Report. Manhunt boasts 6 million active members in over 100 countries worldwide.
Crutchley and his life partner maintain homes in Massachusetts and California, where he often hosts benefit events for charities such as the Desert AIDS Project. Other charitable organizations that he supports include the Community Research Initiative of New England (CRINE), Boston’s Pine Street Inn, the AIDS Action Committee, the AIDS Emergency Fund, and The Living Center. Jonathan has been the recipient of several awards, including the Free Speech Coalition’s Netizen of the Year Award for his work in opposing the 2257 censorship law.
Online Buddies’ other founder is Larry Basile. Along with Jonathan Crutchley, Larry launched Online Buddies (OLB) in 2001. Larry and Jonathan have spent the last eight years building their flagship product, Manhunt, into a category leader with 6 million members worldwide.
Prior to his founding of OLB, Larry owned and operated historic gay bar Fritz and the attached Chandler Inn hotel in Boston’s South End. He’s also the founder of OLB’s precursor – Dial Information Services. Before the existence of Manhunt, Dial Information Services connected gay men in the Boston and New York City areas. Basile was also the treasurer and owner of New York City’s OutWeek magazine during the late 1980s.
Basile received an MBA in finance from William & Mary College in Virginia before studying to be a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston and earning a degree in philosophy from St. John’s Seminary. An activist on behalf of gay rights and AIDS research, Basile is a member of the Human Rights Campaign, Act Up! and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
He takes special pride in having founded the Grass Roots Gay Rights Fund and the Boston Gay Pride Street Dance, which have raised over $800k for community organizations over the years. He also enjoys horticulture, collecting 16th- and 17th-century books, and ornithology.