Born in 1989 in Salt Lake City, Whitney Wolfe Herd is a renowned American entrepreneur, and at only twenty-nine years she almost made it to the 2018 list of most affluent entrepreneurial women by Forbes. According to Forbes, if business continues in the same direction for Bumble, it will not take long before she joins the list.
Whitney Wolfe went to Judge Memorial Catholic High School before joining Southern Methodist University where she majored in International Studies. At 22, she worked at Hatch Laboratories before partnering with her former lover Justin Mateen in 2012 to form Tinder, one of the forerunners in dating applications. Connect with Whitney Wolfe by visiting her linkedin account.
She, however, resigned in 2014, with accusations of sexual harassment against her partner who was later on suspended and Wolfe got not less than one million dollars in settlement fees.
In December 2014, Andrey Andreev, creator of Badoo, partnered with Whitney Wolfe and founded Bumble, a mobile dating application that has changed the game in online dating. When using the form, the lady makes the first move in the case of straight matches while in same-sex events either one can make the first move, all within twenty hours before the game disappears.
This is in a move by the company to try and level the ground for women when it comes to dating.
Bumble is growing at a quick rate with more than thirty-five million users, with its most significant competitor being Tinder. It is valued at one billion dollars with only four years of being in existence.
It recently launched Bumble BFF, that enables its users to make new friends when they move to a new place and Bumble Bizz, which allows you to grow your career by networking.
In 2017, OKCupid and Tinder proposed to buy Bumble for 450 million dollars while Match Group offered to buy it for more than one billion dollars. Both offers have so been turned down by Whitney Wolfe.
In the same year, the company was hacked and the employees’ photographs and phone numbers posted on a particular website called neo-Nazi. The FBI stepped in, but since then Whitney has been walking around with personal security.