Whitney Wolfe Herd
Founder and CEO of Bumble, co-founder of Tinder
"Whitney Wolfe Herd is an American entrepreneur. She is founder and CEO of Bumble, and a co-founder of the dating app Tinder. The founder of Badoo contacted Wolfe Herd about creating a dating platform and partnered with her on a new company in 2014, launching Bumble that year. Bumble is launching into new verticals such as BumbleBizz, and launched BumbleBFF for finding friends. According to Forbes, the company is valued at more than $1 billion.
Wolfe Herd was named one of Business Insider's 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech in 2014. In 2016, she was named as one of Elle's Women in Tech. Wolfe Herd was named as one of 2017's and 2018's Forbes 30 Under 30. Wolfe Herd was also named one of Inc's 15 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch Out For in 2017. She has been featured on the covers of Forbes, Fast Company, and Wired UK…
At age 22, Wolfe Herd joined Hatch Labs. Through Hatch, she became involved with the startup Cardify, a project led by Sean Rad through Hatch Labs IAC incubator. The project was later abandoned, but Wolfe Herd joined the dating app Tinder with Rad, Chris Gulczynski in 2012 within the IAC startup incubator.
Wolfe Herd became vice president of marketing for Tinder and was reportedly behind the name of the app, taking the idea from the flame logo and having used tinder (small sticks) to start the fireplace at her father's cabin in Montana. She has also been credited with fueling its popularity on college campuses and growing its user base. Wolfe Herd left the company in 2014. Her departure from Tinder was in part due to growing tensions with other company executives. After leaving the company, Herd filed a lawsuit against Tinder for sexual harassment. Wolfe Herd reportedly received a more than $1 million settlement in addition to stock in the company.
Andrey Andreev, founder of Badoo, contacted Wolfe Herd about creating a dating platform and partnered with Wolfe Herd, and the company remains majority owned by Badoo. Wolfe Herd moved to Austin, Texas and founded Bumble, a dating app that gives women more control than traditional dating apps, in December 2014. By December 2015, the app had reached over 15 million unique conversations and 80 million matches.
As of April 2016, Tinder and Bumble are the first and fourth most popular dating apps respectively, according to monthly user base. As of November 2017, Bumble had amassed over 22 million registered users. In January 2018, CNBC reported that Badoo was seeking a sale that could value the company at about $1.5 billion.
Wolfe Herd was named one of Business Insider's 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech in 2014. In 2016, she was named as one of Elle's Women in Tech. She was named to Forbes 30 under 30 in 2017 and 2018.
In December 2017, she was listed in a TechCrunch feature on 42 women succeeding in tech that year." (1)