The Visionary Behind Social Discovery Group: A Profile of Dmitry Borisovich Volkov

Meet the driving force behind Social Discovery Group, Dmitry Borisovich Volkov, the visionary CEO and founder that has the remarkable ability to tap into technology’s potential, recognise emerging trends and bring people together from all walks of life to establish meaningful connections. Volkov sees technology in the social discovery space as a means of communication that can solve the problem of loneliness, isolation and disconnection.

Business Ventures

In 1998, Dmitry Borisovich Volkov founded IT-Online, a company specialising in the development and promotion of online projects. Then Dmitry sold IT-Online and went on to found Social Discovery Group in 2014, a global technology company focused on connecting people through social discovery apps with a mission to solve isolation, loneliness and disconnection with the help of digital reality.

Social Discovery Group is the third largest social discovery company in the world which unites more than 40 brands within dating & entertainment. More than two hundred and fifty million people across a hundred different countries enjoy Social Discovery Group’s apps.

Dmitry Volkov is a serial entrepreneur, investor in 22 venture funds, including Oaktree, Khosla Ventures, 500 Startups, Dream Machine, Mangrove Capital Partners, and Blockchain Capital. Social Discovery Group’s investments have brought together different companies focused on building and designing Social Life 3.0.

Using his expertise in philosophy, Dmitry Borisovich Volkov is shaping a new digital reality where people will be able to satisfy their needs for communication and attention from other people and artificial life forms.

As of February 2022, Volkov made the decision to cease all operations in Russia and Belarus, discontinuing new user registrations from these countries to Social Discovery Group’s portfolio of platforms.

Academic Background

In 2008, Volkov took on an ambitious endeavour, choosing “D.Dennett’s Theory of Consciousness” as the subject for his Ph.D thesis. Volkov contributed significantly to the academic understanding of consciousness-related issues. In 2012 he published his first book, “Boston Zombie: D. Dennett and His Theory of Consciousness,” which further solidified his position as an authority in the field of analytical philosophy.

Dmitry Volkov’s reputation as a respected philosopher was solidified as he became a member of the American Philosophical Association in 2014. Three years later, he reached a massive milestone in his academic career by defending his Dr. Habil thesis on “Problems of free will and moral responsibility in analytic philosophy in late XX – early XXI century.”

Volkov continued his contributions, publishing “Free will: Illusion or opportunity” in February 2019. This insightful work delved into the long-standing debate on free will, offering his perspective to engage readers in contemplating this fundamental aspect of human existence.


Along with Dmitry Volkov’s academic and business successes, the visionary is also a long time enthusiast of contemporary art.

Volkov has a great personal involvement in the art scene. Since 2015 he has organised and participated in the Burning Man Festival’s art camps in collaboration with various artists. Burning Man is an event in the western United States, centred around community, artistic expression, self-discovery, and self-sufficiency.

Dmitry Borisovich Volkov is a true visionary in the social discovery space, who has transformed the way we communicate and form relationships on social platforms.

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