Whitney Wolfe Herd – The Tech Investor behind the Dating App Bumble and Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment
Technological advancements have evolved arguably every aspect of human lives. Entrepreneurial focus, for instance, has changed basing on these advancements. InfoTech has globalized the world and has become one of the most lucrative investment areas for entrepreneurs. Whitney Wolfe Herd is among these entrepreneurs. The 29-year old Forbes List Millionaire is a champion in the business world through her women empowerment approaches and tech investment skills.
Born in 1989, Wolfe Herd runs one of the most popular dating app based on the number of monthly users – Bumble. She jointly founded the platform with Badoo Founder Andrey Andreev in 2014. Even though Andreev’s company owns a majority share of Bumble, it is Bumble’s CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd that popularized the app among college users and feminists. Now, the app has at least 22 million registered members after four years of its foundation. More about of Whitney Wolfe at Wikipedia.
Whitney Wolfe Herd might be famous for her role as the CEO of Bumble, but she began her career in tech investment with the world’s most popular dating app – Tinder. Various resources credit the then Marketing VP for Tinder Wolfe Nerd as the mastermind behind Tinder’s name. She was in college and helped raise the influence of Tinder among college students, leading to the popularity of the app. However, tension build-ups with colleague executives led to her departure from Tinder in 2014. Her departure from Tinder saw Wolfe Herd leave with over 1 million dollars as legal settlement for sexual harassment from Tinder besides her share in the company.
After leaving Tinder, and with executive skills and technological experience, Whitney Wolfe Herd was ripe to start a dating app – Bumble. She has now grown the app into a 1 billion dollar worth according to Forbes. Her executive roles have made the International Studies graduate from Southern Methodist University receive several awards and recognition. She has been named 2016 Elle’s Women in Tech and the 2014 thirty most popular women under thirty by Business Insider. She has as well featured in Forbes and The Times.
Whitney Wolfe Herd is also an outspoken empower of female founders. She launched the Bumble Fund to support female entrepreneurs. Her dating app also gives females more control as compared to previous apps, and her company’s leadership embraces women empowerment.