Born in Utah’s Salt Lake City, Whitney Wolfe schooled at Southern Methodist University where she majored in International Studies. She describes her childhood as quite disturbing ranging from constant relocation to social rejection in school. She was business-minded from an early age and even sold bamboo tote bags at the age of 19 years.
Whitney Wolfe, an American entrepreneur named among the 30 Most Important Women under 30 in technology by the Business Insider in 2014, is the CEO and the mind behind Bumble dating app as well as the co-founder of Tinder. Other recognitions include Elle’s Women in Tech in 2016 and 30 Under 30 by Forbes.
Bumble, which is stereotypically referred to as “feminist dating app” was launched not more than one and half years ago. Whitney works hand in hand with six other ladies from Austin downtown, where Bumble is headquartered. She established Bumble to break the social norm and gave women an upper hand in making the first move in a relationship. She is constantly seen glancing at her phone in short intervals which she later reveals that she has to respond to emails, texts and even calls from all over the world.
Whitney Wolfe now comfortably appreciates their hard work which has earned quite a crowd with more than sixty percent of new users daily. She points out that the company’s future initiative is to create a platform where people would actually meet and connect physically. This would be a significant expansion from the digital to physical space and also with an assurance of safety that provides an environment for co-working. Being a CEO in a male-dominated industry, she is glad that so far she has not been discriminated against.
Bumble has a brighter future. Whitney Wolfe is positive about its growth beyond just dating to even other platforms like professional and platonic.