Founder of Bumble and co-founder Tinder, Whitney Wolfe stays very busy these days. She has been hard at work with dating app Bumble. Bumble is a dating app which gives women more control than other dating apps. For example, women are given the opportunity to make the first initial contact.
Currently, the company is valued at over $1 billion. It is also available in 144 countries and has over 33 million registered users. Most of those users are in the 23-28 age range and have a gender split of 50/50.
With the success of Bumble comes recognition. Recently, Time Magazine named her “Person of the Year” for 2018. The magazine honored her in recognition of developing a dating app that was safe for women and assisted them in battling sexual harassment.
Whitney Wolfe has also utilized Bumble to take a stand in other political subjects as well. Wolfe has stated to no guns should be romanticized on Bumble. She doesn’t allow pictures of guns, knives, and other weapons be posted on the app.
A native of Salt Lake City, Whitney Wolfe majored in International Studies at Southern Methodist University. Her professional career got off to an early start as she started selling bamboo bags while in college to benefit areas that were hot by the BP oil spill. This led to the launch of “Help Us Project”, which gained national attention.
While vacationing in Aspen, she met Michael Herd. They were married in 2017 in Italy.
At 22, Whitney Wolfe joined Hatch Labs and eventually became vice president of marketing for Tinder. In late 2014, Wolfe left Tinder and filed a lawsuit against the company accusing her co-workers of sexual harassment. After the case was settled out of court, Wolfe founded Bumble.
Bumble has two spinoff apps. Bumble BFF focuses on making connections with friends while Bumble Bizz focuses on business connections.
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