Whitney Wolfe Herd is the founder and CEO of Bumble, a social networking dating site. Launched in 2014, Bumble is one of the fastest growing dating sites and is the only platform where women make the first move. Bumble is unique because it allows women the opportunity to make strong networking connections while on the site. Bumble BFF was launched in 2016 with a feature to find and make friends, and Bumble Bizz was launched in 2017 for business networking. Within four years, the site had grown to over 35 million users in over 144 countries worldwide. Connect with Whitney Wolfe by visiting her linkedin account.

Whitney Wolfe was born in Utah and studied at Judge Memorial Catholic High School. She took a sabbatical to Paris, France with her parents and is fluid in French. Wolfe later attended Southern Methodist University where she registered for a course in International Studies. She then joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and in her junior year, she traveled abroad to study at Sorbonne University in Paris. While in college, Wolfe started a business selling bamboo tote bags to benefit areas that had been affected by the BP Oil Spill. She partnered with a celebrity stylist Patrick Aufdenkamp and launched the initiative known as the Help us project, which turned out to be successful after celebrities like Rachel Zoe and Nicole Richie were photographed with the bags.

Whitney Wolfe joined Hatch Labs at the age of 22 and involved herself with Cardify, a start-up venture, which was later abandoned. She then joined Tinder and became vice president of marketing for the app. Whitney contributed to the idea behind the name of the app from the flame logo and past experiences using small matchsticks (tinder) to light a flame in her father’s cabin. Whitney Wolfe left Tinder and was contacted by Andrey Andreev, the founder of Badoo, about creating a dating platform. They started Bumble that year and by December 2014; it had over 15 million users on the site. Whitney Wolf has been featured in the 2017 and 2018 Forbes ‘ top 30 under 30’ list and has been on the covers of WIRED, Forbes and Fast Company Magazines.

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