May 02, 2018
I came across a fantastic success story titled “The Money Honey” in the December 2017 issue of Elle magazine. The piece was skillfully researched and beautifully written by Amanda FitzSimons.
Bumble cofounder, Whitney Wolfe Herd at ease
Photo: Courtesy of Elle magazine
She opens with a quote from Whitney who is trying to remember the slang term in China for women over 30 who are not married. “Left on the shelf? No, no. Leftovers? No, that’s not it. Wait a minute. Expired? Yes, expired is the word!” This is the type of anecdote Wolfe lives for.
ABRUPT EXIT FROM THE DATING APP “TINDER”
After serving as the sole female cofounder of Tinder, the dating app, Whitney left the company in April 2014. She had worked there as marketing director for two years before she decided to sue the company for sex discrimination. Three months later she was awarded over $1 million.
IF LIFE HANDS YOU A LEMON, MAKE LEMONADE
She founded Bumble in late 2014. It is known as the “feminist dating app” because of its requirement that women contact men first. It’s also famous for its kicky, you-go-girl interface (female users are encouraged, via push notifications, to “make the first move, honey!”). In just two years it had 21 million registrations worldwide.
“I WASN’T BORN AS A CRUSADING FEMINIST”
Whitney grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended Southern Methodist University that she describes as having “all of these rules – like no, you can’t text him; if you text him, he’s going to think you’re desperate, crazy. I just wanted to live my life and do what I wanted.”
In September 2017, Whitney married Texas oil heir, Michael Herd in Positano, Italy. Her stunning dress is from Oscar de la Renta. (She did not meet Michael on Bumble)
IT WAS THE RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME
When Whitney founded Bumble, the market was ripe for launching new dating apps. Online dating would triple among 18- to 24-year-olds between 2013 and early 2016, according to Pew surveys. A record number of American adults (77%) would report that there was no stigma attached to using such services.
“HOW CAN WE MAKE DATING BETTER FOR WOMEN”
Whitney sat down and looked at her personal pain points. “That’s when my ‘aha’ moment came,” she states. Her brainstorm was to make her fellow females go first: Once two people express mutual interest, the woman has to reach out. And, if she fails to do so within 24 hours, the guy vanishes from her queue, POOF!
BUMBLE HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST ABUSE RATES
It is reportedly .005%. This seems reasonable because men who sign up for an app where women take the lead may be relatively evolved in the first place. Mary Anne Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami, and a prominent online harassment activist, praises Bumble for keeping men from “having all the power.”
GOING FORWARD: YIPEE! THERE’S “BUMBLE BIZZ”
The unstoppable Whitney has a new initiative: a career-networking arm of the app that hooks up users with people they’d like to meet for professional, as opposed to romantic, purposes. Networking expert and Wharton professor, Adam Grant, believes it might actually fill a gap. “Every year my students complain that social media doesn’t help them connect with new people – just ones they already know,” he says.
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.