Whitney Wolfe is an American businesswoman whose became well-known because of the dating apps that her company has developed. She is the current chief executive officer of Bumble, and one of the co-founders of the viral dating app called Tinder. As of today, both Tinder and Bumble are in the top ten most popular dating apps, reaching as high as first place for Tinder and fourth place for Bumble. Whitney Wolfe has been recognized by different publications: Fashion business Insider considered her as one of the Most Important Women Under 30 in the field of technology; Elle named her as one of their Elle’s Women in the field of technology; and finally, Forbes included her name in their 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Whitney Wolfe never imagined that she would someday become one of the most influential women in the field of technology. She graduated from the Southern Methodist University where she got her degree in International Studies, and while studying, she sold bamboo tote bags which has received national press when celebrities were photographed having them. After graduating, she decided to go to Southeast Asia and volunteered inside orphanages. Her career in the field of most popular dating technology began when she was 22, and joined a company called Hatch Labs. She worked on small projects like the start-up Cardify, but it was later abandoned. Soon, she partnered with several people and created the dating app Tinder in 2012. She was appointed as the vice president, and has been a key contributor in fueling the app among campuses, making it viral. Whitney Wolfe left the company in 2014, and partnered with Badoo founder Andrey Andreev create another dating app, called Bumble.
Launched in December 2014, Bumble gave women the ability to gain more control compared traditional dating apps. In male-female matches, only the female is permitted to start the conversation. With same sex conversation, either one of them could initiate the talk. All users must reply within 24 hours, because the match will disappear if there are no replies made. The app was highly popular, as it managed to receive 80 million matches and 15 million unique conversations one year after its launch.