Whitney Wolfe Herd is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of revolutionary dating app Bumble as well as the co-founder of Twitter. When Whitney spoke on stage at New York’s Spring Studios she was very candid. Her talk was part of the second annual Founders Fair from Vanity Fair. She opened up about how women have traditionally been taught to feel like men hold the majority of power, but these days women are proudly standing up and demanding their due. The conversations were held along with Vanity Fair’s editor in chief Radhika Jones and Jessica Iclisoy, the Chief Executive Officer and founder of California Baby.
As a successful businesswoman, Whitney Wolfe Herd knows all too well the obstacles that women face. She was subjected to litigation that surrounded accusations of harassment and discrimination when she left Tinder to start her own dating app Bumble over four years ago. When Tinder sued Bumble recently, Bumble quickly fired back and published an open letter to Match Group, the parent company of Tinder. The letter essentially calls out Tinder’s bullying tactics and states that the suit is a response to Bumble’s refusal to sell out to them. Whitney Wolfe Herd asserts that a huge part of her motivation when setting out to found Bumble was to do something different than what other dating apps were doing.
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Whitney Wolfe Herd had the distinction of being named to Business Insider’s list of 30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech during the 2014 calendar year. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and studied at Southern Methodist University majoring in the field of international studies. Whitney has always had a true entrepreneurial spirit about her and loves to couple this with environmental awareness. When she was only 19 and still in college, she told bamboo tote bags to generate money to help areas affected by the infamous BP oil spill. She has also partnered with the famous stylist to the stars Patrick Aufdenkamp in order to launch the non-profit group Help Us Project. After she graduated from Southern Methodist Whitney Wolfe Herd worked with orphans in Southeast Asia.
The Founders Fair was an opportunity for female entrepreneurs from various industries to come together and share stores about the challenges they faced when starting and running some of the worlds most exciting and innovative business ventures. The event also featured a conversation with Jennifer Garner and began with a conversation with Stitch Fix founder and CEO Katrina Lake.