Whitney Wolfe is the founder and the CEO of Bumble app. The American entrepreneur is also the co-founder of Tinder a dating app. She was born in Salt Lake, Utah to Michael Wolfe and Kelly. Whitney currently resides in Texas, and she is married to Michael Herd. The 28-year-old attended Southern Methodist University where she specialized in international studies. She started her entrepreneurship journey while she was 19 and still in college. She would sell Bamboo tote bags in areas that were affected by BP oil spill. After college life, she travelled to South Asia where she worked with the less fortunate particularly in the orphanages.
Whitney Wolfe founded Bumble in 2014. Bumble is a dating app that gives women more control than traditional/ previous dating sites. In one year, the app had over 15 million conversations and closed to 80 million matches, making the app a great success in the industry. As of November 2017, the app had achieved over 22 million registered users according to the monthly user base. Bumble has also launched new verticals such as the Bumble BFF for finding friends and the Bumble BIZZ which gives the users the ability to change their professional life.
A few changes are expected to be made in the Bumble app following the recent mass shootings in U.S. Bumble user’s posts and update their profile pictures in different dimensions or backgrounds including brandishing a handgun. The Bumble CEO now says that the company has plans in motions to ban images of guns and firearms from all its users. Since the killing spree that took place in Florida, a significant number of companies have cut ties with National Rifle Association and Bumble app is following suit soon. The company has 5000 moderators who are expected to remove all the gun-related contents and images from the app.
The new law resembles how Bumble deals with fake photos, nudity and hate speech among other indiscretions. Dangerous weapons such as knives will also be banned from the app. However, users in the military will be allowed to post their photos and images with guns but only when in uniforms. Ms. Whitney Wolfe also adds that competitive sports shooters can appeal to have their pictures reinstated. The ban is meant to create a community where people feel at peace and not threatened. Bumble is also donating over $ 100,000 to a campaign against gun violence.