Bumble’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Whitney Wolfe Herd says that when she released her dating app there were a lot of doubters out there on whether it would be successful. This was in 2014 and it was just her and a small team located in a building in Austin, Texas.
She says that her company followed the usual pattern of tech startups. She came up with a business idea and 90 percent of people told her it was unworkable and crazy. However, a few people believe in the idea, raise their hand, and that’s who you hire.
Her dating app was indeed successful and is now used all over the world. Whitney Wolfe Herd says the experience of leading a small, passionate team taught her that gratitude is an important quality for any leader. Her company now employees many more people but they’re still a passionate group of people who work tirelessly to make Bumble ever better.
She says that she is very grateful to everyone that has helped build Bumble into what it is today. Many people contributed their knowledge, time, and skills to Bumble. Whitney Wolfe Herd says that too many leaders get this backward, though, and think the people who work for them should count their lucky stars they were so fortunate to work with them.
Life as the CEO of Bumble hasn’t always been easy, though. In 2017 a neo-Nazi website targeted her and many of her employees because they are a feminist organization. The neo-Nazi’s posted photos, phone numbers, and other personal information. While the FBI took this website down it left some damage behind. Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd Swiped Right To A $230 Million Fortune
This cyber attack on Bumble was just a few weeks before the infamous white-supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, North Carolina. She said that misogyny is very dangerous to women and completely uncalled for. Tinder and Bumble Are Seriously at War
Whitney Wolfe Herd ended up needing to hire 24/7 security at Bumble’s headquarters. She also has a personal bodyguard who now travels with her wherever she goes. She says it also caused a huge amount of anxiety for her but she has yet to be tested on that so she can get help if needed. Billion-Dollar Bumble: How Whitney Wolfe Herd Built America’s Fastest-Growing Dating App