Whitney Wolfe and the Ugly Battle

In March the dating app Tinder filed a lawsuit against its competitor, dating app Bumble, stating that Bumble infringed upon its copyrights by directly copying its card-swipe, mutual opt-in premise. Tinder and Bumble have been rivals even before Bumble was founded. The very personal goes back to 2012 when Whitney Wolfe, the founder of Bumble, first started to help lead Tinder. That same year she began dating Justin Mateen, one of the companies cofounders. By 2014 they had broken up. And it was not a good break-up. They two had frequent fights in the office. Read more articles about Whitney Wolfe at vanityfair.com

All this came to a head in 2014. During that year Whitney Wolfe left Tinder and then sued the two co-founders, Mateen and Sean Rad, for sexual harassment and discrimination. Whitney Wolfe stated that the two became verbally abusive, calling her a whore and often making other sexist and racist comments, emails, and text messages. In the end, the matter was settled by Tinder paying $1 million and suspending Mateen and Rad. In December of that year, Wolfe co-founded Bumble. Bumble has done so incredibly well in so short a time that in 2017 Match Group, the owner of Tinder, made to generous offers to buy out Bumble—$450 million and then over $1 billion—both of which were turned down.

In retaliation, on behalf of Match, Tinder launched this recent lawsuit. Tinder claims that Whitney Wolfe is not the only former Tinder employee to steal some of their confidential trade secrets while with them. Other former Tinder employees have been named as well. But Bumble is fighting back, countersuing Match for a frivolous lawsuit made simply for the purpose of suing them. Bumble also claims that Match sued them because they were not the only interested company out there wanting to buy Bumble. Suing Bumble and winning would effectively make it less desirable. For this, they are seeking $400 million in damages.

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Whitney Wolfe The Founder Of Bumble App Bans Gun Posts

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.