Everyone approaches feminism in their own way and Whitney Wolfe has managed to make a difference for the 40 million users of her networking app Bumble. Founded in 2014 as a dating app using the swipe formula, it was created to give women the power to make their own dating decisions when it comes to who can communicate with them.
In traditional dating apps, men are usually the ones who decide to make the first move and the conversations can be quite uncomfortable for the women they are interested in. Bumble works to take this out of the picture and creates a kinder kind of dating app.
While many still see Bumble as just a dating app, it’s quickly grown to be much more than that and can now help women with everything from finding a friend to finding a job. The world can be hostile towards women in many ways and this includes dating so Whitney Wolfe is doing everything she can to empower them. The empowerment aspect of Bumble even extends to their employees who for the majority are women when it comes to the higher positions in their company.
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What started out as a company founded in the home of one of the team’s parents has grown to be valued at around $1 billion. This considerable value has left Whitney Wolfe with a sizable fortune of at least $230 million and rising. Soon Forbes predicts that she will be included on their list of the richest self-made women in the United States. At only 29 years old, this is an impressive feat for anyone.
Before founding Bumble, Whitney Wolfe had co-founded the popular dating app Tinder. While her hard work led to its success, she eventually made the decision to leave based on the treatment that she received from the company’s other co-founder. Justin Mateen not only co-founded Tinder but also dated Wolfe for a period of time and allegedly sexually harassed her after their break up. This harassment affected her life at Tinder and she took a settlement for approximately $1 million and he was suspended for his actions.