Whitney Wolfe is many things. Above all an entrepreneur. However, perhaps a role model as well, for all, but especially for young women.
Tinder now is becoming more of a household name, like Uber or AirBnb. Whitney Wolfe is a co-founder of Tinder, and CEO of Bumble. Both are dating apps that allow people to swipe a potential mate as a yeah or neah. However, Bumble adds the feature that the woman has to make the first move.
Born in the relatively conservative base of Salt Lake City, Utah, Wolfe attended Southern Methodist University where she Majored in International Studies. She then went on to pursue several business and philanthropic projects, including selling Bamboo Tote Bags to benefit areas affected by the BP Oil Spill and working with orphanages in South East Asia.
Whitney Wolfe worked on a few apps; her first big break was with Tinder, the number one dating app she helped co-found. Due to differences with the Staff at Tinder, which resulted in her settling a sexual harassment lawsuit for over $1 million, she left Tinder and helped start Bumble.
Wolfe considers Bumble a “feminist” app. She told Vanity Fair that it began somewhat by chance, as she was focusing on an app to help the self-esteem and combat online bullying among young girls. It then blossomed into something different, a dating app geared towards women.
Wolfe stated to Times Magazine that she was always comfortable making the first move with guys, even though she acknowledges there is a stigma to that for some, and some even saw women who were too forward as “desperate.”
It’s not surprising to hear that Whitney would be forward in both her business and personal life. Undoubtedly, it will continue to be a key to her future success.
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