The creator of and chief executive officer of dating application, Bumble, Whitney Wolfe, was recently covered by the online publication Papermag.com. Mrs. Wolfe is a relatively young entrepreneur being only 26 years old. Despite this she has already made great contributions to the tech industry by helping to start firms such as Tinder and Bumble.
Upon visiting Whitney Wolfe at Bumble’s headquarters in downtown Austin, Texas, staff from Papermag.com were impressed and surprised by the company headquarters. The office is located 31 floors up from ground level. There were Diptyque candles burning around the entire area and images of bees decorated the offices. This is definitely not your typical corporate office. Greeting the staff from Papermag were six female employees who oversee strategy at Bumble and that report directly to their boss, Whitney Wolfe.
The story of Wolfe and her creation of Bumble is interesting and worth writing about. Wolfe completed her studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. This would later be one of the reasons she would choose to headquarter Bumble in Austin and not New York or San Francisco which are known hubs for the tech industry.
After graduating from SMU, she worked at orphanages abroad in Asia. After she came back she realized that one of the areas that divided the developed world and the undeveloped world today was the gap in technology. Whitney Wolfe then decided to enter the tech world and found work at a startup incubator called Hatch Labs. She managed to create a dating app along with other partners that would be known as Tinder.
After serving as VP of marketing, Wolfe left Tinder because of sexual harassment at the company. She would go on to crate her very own dating app that is called Bumble. This app gives women the power to initiate conversations. Women initiating conversation in dating is often frowned upon, but Bumble makes it the norm. It also greatly reduces complaints and spam for female users with is unique feature of allowing only women to message guys first and not vice versa.