Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd recently joined actress Jennifer Garner, Katrina Lake of Stitch Fix, and others to share ways to grow new ventures founded by women. As the founder and chief executive officer of her company she was straight and to the point about the situation as she sees it. She said that power is viewed as the purview of men and that some women will use that as an excuse for not being powerful themselves. Society has conditioned women to believe there’s just one seat at the table but there are some women are deciding that they’ll just go ahead and build more seats.
She spoke at Vanity Fair’s Founders Fair. Women from around the nation came together to talk about how to support female entrepreneurs. Katrina Lake said that it’s ridiculous how little money supports them and that she wants to be a constant reminder of why women in business should be supported. Whitney Wolfe Herd shared her own difficulties in getting Bumble off the ground and attracting venture capitalist money.
When she created Bumble she wanted to design an app where women go first. It works like other dating apps in that a user will swipe right for “yes” and left for “no” when viewing other people’s profiles. If both swipe right a connection is made. However, Whitney Wolfe Herd made it so that only women can start a conversation. This has proven to be a very popular dating model and there are now about 40 million people around the world using this app. Billion-Dollar Bumble: How Whitney Wolfe Herd Built America’s Fastest-Growing Dating App
She got married in October 2017 and said that no, she didn’t meet her husband through Bumble. Her husband is an active restaurant owner and also in the business of oil & gas. They met during the 2013 holiday season while both were on a skiing vacation in Aspen, Colorado. Tinder and Bumble Are Seriously at War
Their marriage took place in Southern Italy, along the coast. Whitney Wolfe Herd chose wedding stylist Cynthia Cook Smith to design her dress and other touches throughout the ceremony and reception. The event designer she selected was Diana Sorensen who knew all the right vendors and what their processes were. Queen Bee Whitney Wolfe Shows Us Around Bumble’s New Headquarters in Austin, Texas