Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Steve Jobs have all graced the cover of Forbes magazine. It could be said that only the most powerful and innovative business leaders are worthy of such an honor. Recently, a new disrupter in the world of dating apps took her turn on the cover of Forbes. For Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd, the Forbes cover was just another notch on her long list of accomplishments.
Mrs. Herd made the cover of Forbes “30 under 30” issue which highlighted the brightest young minds in the business world. As the founder of the fastest growing dating app in the world, Miss Herd has garnered attention from all corners of the media. The 28-year old innovator wanted to create dating app where women made the first move. Hence, Bumble was born. 22 million users later, Bumble is considered the place to go for women looking for their soul mate.
Bumble has only recently begun in-app purchases. In less than two years, those in-app purchases have become a $100 million dollar a year income stream. With hyperlocal advertising coming soon to the app, that revenue stream is expected to double to $200 million per year in 2018.
In addition to Bumble’s dating app, there is also Bumble BFF which helps women find their next best friend, workout partner or wing woman. Also, there’s Bumble Bizz which helps women network and grow their business contacts. The expansion of Bumble’s services is one of many innovative ideas that Whitney Wolfe Herd has brought to the company.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Bumble employes 70 people and has become one of the most popular apps for women looking for everything from their next soul mate to their next best friend or business connection.
Whitney Wolfe Herd was educated at Southern Methodist University where she received a degree in International Studies. Less than ten years later, Mrs. Herd founded Bumble where she also serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Mrs. Herd was married to entrepreneur Michael Herd in the southern Italian town of Positano in September of 2017.
From the cover of Forbes the executive suite of a billion-dollar tech company, Whitney Wolfe Herd serves as an inspiration to young women around the world. As Bumble continues to grow, Mrs. Herd will steer the company to new heights well into the next decade.
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