Whitney Wolfe is one of the most celebrated women entrepreneurs of our time. She founded Bumble, a groundbreaking dating app that also paves the way for fantastic job opportunities. In June this year, Forbes valued Bumble at a staggering $1 billion which effectively makes Wolfe $230 million fortune. Even if Whitney did not land on Forbes’ annual list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, she is likely to join the acclaimed list next year if Bumble keeps moving northward.
Bumble follows the premise of ‘swiping’ as initially introduced by Tinder a few years before. Interestingly, she co-founded Tinder but had to leave after enduring sexual harassment by co-founder and former love interest Justin Mateen. After her ordeal, Whitney Wolfe was pretty much done with the dating apps so she ventured into establishing an online community where women could interact.
Armed with her latest idea, she felt confident enough to approach Andreev, a Russian billionaire and founder of Badoo Andrey. To her dismay, Andreev was not too impressed, so the two parlayed some ideas over several weeks until she stumbled upon the concept for Bumble. Whitney Wolfe’s premise was one of turning tables such that women made the first move and if things didn’t work out, the post could disappear into oblivion within a twenty-four-hour cycle.
Eventually, Andreev agreed to bankroll this idea to get it off the ground. To this end, he injected an impressive $10 million and allowed Whitney access to Badoo’s software. Bumble came to life at the end of 2014, and within the first month, it registered an upwards of 100,000 users. Two years in, Bumble added BFF, an app that connects best friends, then followed by Bizz for professional networking.
Presently, Bumble and its combined apps boast of 35 million users, and these figures are growing exponentially. The app is now the fastest growing app in the US, and industry behemoths are taking notice. Match.com offered to purchase Bumble for $450 million then increasing this to $1 billion, but Whitney Wolfe didn’t bite. Bumble has faced a slew of challenges such as the neo-Nazi attack but Wolfe chalks this down to misogyny, and nothing will deter her from excelling.
Whitney Wolfe is the Chief Executive Officer of the famous Billion dollars Bumble. She is from Salt Lake City, United States of America. She is the lucky daughter of Utah based property developer Michael Wolfe. Her mother used to stay with her at home and was always there for her. That was her main duties, and she focused on helping her become a woman of integrity. She was the only daughter from the family, and they worked toward offering her with the best life. While young she attended her primary school and high schools at Utah. She was a very active student and his passion for helping other underprivileged since she was young. Whitney Wolfe was hoping to achieve in her endeavors of becoming a prominent businesswoman. Read her article at vogue.com to know more about Wolfe.
Whitney Wolfe joined the Southern Methodist University after her exemplary performance in high school. She majored in international studies, a course that revolved around International marketing. She started her first business at only 19 years and started to sell bamboo tote bags. She helped the people who had been affected by the BP Oil Spill. She graduated and went on to pursue other dreams. She got a job in South East Asia where she worked at an orphanage. She was passionate about making her job the best and could do everything possible towards making the orphanage offer the best environment for children.
Whitney Wolfe at only 22 years joined the famous Hatch Labs. This is where they worked on Sean Rad’s project known as Cardify. They later abandoned it, and she went to join the guys who were working to design Tinder, a dating app. Wolfe got a chance and started working as a company’s marketing executive. She was also behind the name of the app while at the incubator. She was able to introduce the company to campus student s. She left the company in 2014 when she faced sexual harassment from one of the executives and thus sued the company. She received over $1 million as settlement, all of which she spent developing the famous Bumble. She formed the company with the help of Badoo CEO.
It is only fit for a person who has established a business of making matches to find a match for him/herself. Well, this happened to Whitney Wolfe, the chief executive officer of Bumble. She found love and the connection led to a marriage. Her wedding was one of the most colorful celebrity weddings. Wolfe said I do to her lover Michael Herd in Villa Treville which is located in Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy. It became apparent that Whitney Wolfe will not to use her dating site to look for partner anytime soon!
The couple used the groom’s last name to come up with one of the most creative wedding hashtags. Theirs was #home is where the herd is. Michael Herd is the heir of the Texas oil. So grand was the wedding and the décor. From the location, guests had a clear view of the Italian Coast. Wolfe wore an Oscar de la Renta gown that was V-shaped at the back and has a cathedral-length. This attire has left many wedding websites talking about. In the night, Whitney Wolfe wore a short fringed little dress glittered as the newlyweds made their first dance as man and wife. Lots of congratulatory messages for newlyweds strolled from friends through twitter, Facebook as well as Instagram.
Whitney Wolfe’s wedding is not the only thing that has made her receive tons of buzz. Her dating app known as Bumble also has. She launched this app in December 2014. The app has gained a lot of popularity given that more than 18 million people are using it in over 10 countries. Unlike other dating apps where anybody can start up a conversation, at Bumble, only the women are allowed to make the first move. The fact that this app is friendly to women has made it get even more popular.
Most recently the app has added a photo verification that helps in identifying fake profiles. Wolfe first started the app with the intention of eliminating the constant bullying that women underwent in relationships. People who are in the tendency of sending nudes are reported and banned. Sometimes the site publicly shames them. Most recently, Bumble app introduced a BFF mode where individuals can get new best friends. There are several suggestions on the website for potential BFFs. If one catches your eye, you swipe right and if they agree you become friends. The headquarters of Bumble is in Austin, Texas.