Whitney Wolfe: The Passionate Technology Entrepreneur

     Whitney Wolfe is an American investor. She is the CEO and founder of Bumble, and also a co-founder of Tinder, a dating application. Sometime back, Badoo’s founder spoke to Whitney about developing a dating application and later partnered with her in 2014 on a new firm, introducing Bumble the same year. Bumble is propelling into vertical markets such as the launched BumbleBFF for locating friends and BumbleBizz. The company’s value is over $1 billion according to Forbes.

In 2014, Wolfe Herd got mentioned as one of the 30 Under 30 Most Important Women in Technology by Business Insider. She was also named among the Elles Women in Technology in 2016. Wolfe Herd was declared as one of Forbes 30 women under 30 in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Wolfe was also named by Inc as one of the female investors to watch in in 2017, and she has appeared on different covers of Forbes.

Whitney Wolfe was born and raised in Utah, by Michael Wolfe, a property developer, and Kelly, his wife. Whitney studied International Studies at the Southern Methodist University. While still in college, Wolfe started a business of selling bamboo tote bags helping regions affected by Bp oil spill. Later, Wolfe partnered with Patrick Aufdenkamp, a celebrity stylist to launch Help Us Project, a non-profit organization. The bags received lots of publicity from the press after several celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Rachel Zoe and others were photographed carrying them. After her graduation, Whitney Wolfe traveled to Asia to work with orphanages.

Whitney joined Hatch Labs at the age of 22 years. Through Hatch Labs, Wolfe became involved with Cardify, a startup project directed by Sean Rad through the IAC incubator. Later, the project got abandoned, and Whitney Wolfe joined Tinder, a dating app with Chris Gulczynski, Rad within the IAC incubator in 2012. Wolfe became the marketing vice president of Tinder, a role that fueled the popularity of the app on college campuses developing its user base, but she later left the firm in 2014.

In December 2014, Wolfe developed Bumble, a dating application that offers women more power than traditional dating applications. As of December 2015, Bumble had attained 80 million matches and more than 15 million individual conversations. In April 2016, monthly user base named Tinder and Bubble as the most popular dating apps and ranked them in first and fourth positions respectively. By November 2017, the Bumble app had accumulated more than 22 million active users.

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