You’ve probably heard about people tossing eggs at their opponents’ windows or exposing their dark sides. The best kind of revenge, though, is a success.
Whitney Wolfe Herd did this to exact revenge on the Tinder founders. Tinder and Bumble are two of the most popular dating apps, with 77 million users each.
Even though the two dating platforms have large user bases, the fact that Whitney Wolfe Herd was heavily involved in their creation is intriguing.
Whitney collaborated with Sean Rad and Chris Gulczynski on Tinder development. She is credited with coming up with the Tinder concept, as well as increasing its acceptance among college students and expanding its user base.
However, she later had a bad experience with Tinder and filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the company. She won the lawsuit, but she received a lot of backlashes online. She was back at square one, but this time she not only started over, but she also succeeded.
Whitney Wolfe Herd is one of the world’s wealthiest female business owners, having founded two companies by the age of 32.
In addition to being one of the few female billionaires, She is also the youngest woman to take a company public in the US. She accomplished this feat while carrying her one-year-old son, Bobby, on her hip and ringing the opening bell for the NASDAQ from the headquarters of her company.
Here is the story of how Whitney Wolfe Herd achieved this:
Whitney Wolfe Herd was born on July 1, 1989, in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States. Her father, Michael Wolfe, was a property developer, and her mother, Kelly, was a housewife. Whitney received her education at Judge Memorial Catholic High School.
The family took a sabbatical in Paris, France, when she was in sixth grade. Whitney studied international studies at Southern Methodist University and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
She started a business selling bamboo tote bags while in college, at the age of 20, to benefit areas affected by the BP oil spill. Whitney collaborated with celebrity stylist Patrick Aufdenkamp to establish the “Help Us Project,” a non-profit organization.
After celebrities like Rachel Zoe and Nicole Richie were photographed with them, the bags gained national attention. Soon after, she and Aufdenkamp launched “Tender Heart,” a clothing line dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking and fair trade. Whitney went to Southeast Asia after graduation to work with orphanages.
Whitney returned from her charity work to work at Hatch Labs, where she was working on the creation of a fintech platform called Cardify as well as Tinder’s prototype Matchbox.
After Cardify was abandoned, she joined former Cardify teammates Sean Rad, Justin Mateen, and Jonathan Badeen in the 2012 IAC startup incubator to work on Matchbox. Matchbox was renamed Tinder a few months later, and the app was officially released.
Whitney was appointed vice president of marketing at the company. Whitney would work for Tinder for two years, and among her many accomplishments, none was more significant than being the person who named the company and designed Tinder’s flame logo.
Whitney was inspired by an actual “Tinder,” which is a combustible material used to start a fire. The flame also stands for emotions, passion, and desire.
Tinder’s unique features, which connect potential partners through photos and brief bios, were an instant success. Tinder rose to the top 25 social networking apps in less than a year after its release.
Additionally, it entered the top 5 of the websites’ most popular services for the first time in ten years. Despite Tinder’s rapid growth, Whitney’s experience with the company she helped build did not end well.
Many people believe Whitney’s efforts are the reason the app became so popular on college campuses across the United States; this is where the conflict begins.
One of the founding members was Justin Mateen, CMO of Tinder and Whitney’s employer. They began dating, which turned out to be a mistake. Before she broke things off with him after dating for almost a year, he went bonkers and started abusing and assaulting her.
However, it doesn’t end there because when Sean Rad heard about Whitney, he changed his stance. Rad and Mateen both canceled her cofounder’s position.
They claimed she was only a woman and that they had five co-founders. Hiring a female CEO, according to Mateen, made it sound bad. She was then forced to leave without pay.
In retaliation, Whitney sued the company, citing Mateen and Rad’s conversations as evidence. This sparked an investigation and Mateen’s immediate detention, which he later released. Rad was initially demoted but was later reappointed.
Because Tinder was successful, the case garnered media attention. By the end of 2015, Tinder had received more than a billion swipes on average, worth $1.1 billion.
Wolfe received threats and backlash daily. Everything seemed to be over for her. The app she helped create and market was the source of her despair and terror. Wolfe wasn’t defeated, though.
Whitney didn’t plan to quit Tinder, but the burgeoning businessman would have a new chance. Following her resignation, Badoo founder Andrey Andreev approached her about developing a dating app similar to Tinder.
Andreev had been the CEO of Badoo since 2006 when the app had already grown to become one of the world’s largest dating networks. Bumble was launched in December 2014 after Andrey and Whitney formed a partnership.
With a $10 million initial investment, Andrey acquired 80% of the business, while Herd retained 20% and was named the company’s first-ever CEO. In other words, Herd was the company’s co-founder and CEO at the time Andreev was listed as Bumble’s founder.
Match Group the parent company of Tinder, had a deal with Bumble. They also asked for $450 million for it. When Bumble rejected the bid, the results were not good.
Match Group sued Bumble for infringing on dating app technology patents, trademarks related to Tinder’s “Swipe” function, and trade dress in the app’s design. Bumble responded by accusing Match of engaging in fraudulent buyout negotiations with it.
A nearly identical choice to Bumble’s original idea, Tinder announced in February 2018 that they would add a “women talk first” option. Tinder denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the idea came from talking to women and getting to know their needs. They even went so far as to say that this was voluntary, proving that it’s not the same.
In an effort to delay the proceedings until the Patent Trial and Appeal Board could make a determination on Match’s request to invalidate the patents, Match charged Bumble with taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis in April.
However, after suffering significant losses, both companies agreed to settle the case in 2020. The disagreement was resolved after Bumble and Match asked the PTAB to end the patent reviews jointly.
The Bumble date app works similarly to Tinder in that users connect with others via photos and brief bios. Bumble, however, is a dating app that focuses more on women and lets them initiate contact, as opposed to Tinder.
Bumble aims to empower women by allowing them to initiate contact, resulting in a more aligned and respectful relationship vibrant from the start. Despite initial skepticism, the app eventually gained traction and was luring hundreds of users daily. By 2017, Bumble had more than 22 million users.
The Bumble Date – The core of Bumble is Bumble Date, a tool for finding dates. On this platform, users can connect potential romantic partners with outings, with women making the first move.
Bumble BFF – The Bumble BFF portal allows users to look for and connect with people in their neighborhoods.
This feature aims to introduce you to more people and assist you in making friends with those who are new to town or have difficulty making friends. Bumble BFF gives both men and women the option of initiating contact. The age range for Bumble BFF starts at 18 years old.
Bumble Bizz – The Bumble Bizz feature, in addition, gives business owners connecting options like speaking with ideal interns, finding advisors in their industry, and opening up new job opportunities.
Whitney Wolfe Herd wasn’t struggling with poverty, but she was stuck in a setting where she was harassed. She made a stance, pursued justice, and was successful. However, the societal backlash she received on social media was the price she paid for it.
Of course, she was discouraged, but she decided to pick herself back up and take action to empower other women. She made advantage of her prior knowledge to develop a platform that was both unique and timely.
Her experience serves as the best illustration of how to overcome suffering. Every barrier we face in life contains a hidden opportunity; we should seek out this opportunity and overcome the obstacle.
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