The influence of the digital revolution to humanity continues to change the norm. Today, it is common to see someone using dating apps, and people enjoy meeting new faces through the use of these mobile software programs. Two of the most popular dating apps today are created by a single person. Tinder and Bumble were both created by Whitney Wolfe Herd, who is an American entrepreneur who has ventured into the tech industry. After she graduated from her university, she decided to visit Southeast Asia and offered to become a volunteer. Her exposure to a different culture inspired her to create an app that would promote love and equality. Later on, she joined Hatch Labs at the age of 22, and developed applications meant to search the users their preferred partners. Read this article about Whitney Wolfe at Forbes.
Her first creation is Tinder, and it became an instant hit. Tinder users can search their location to look for an ideal partner. The nearest people in the area would pop up in the app, and the user has the power to either swipe left or right, depending if they liked the person or not. Tinder was downloaded for millions of time, and the creator, Whitney Wolfe Herd, thanked everyone who supported her project. However, as Tinder becomes more successful around the world, many pranksters have used the app to fool people. Whitney Wolfe Herd decided to leave the company two years after the creation of her successful creation called Tinder. This time, she partnered with other influential businesses which are also expressing their interest in creating a dating app.
Whitney Wolfe Herd started to create an answer to Tinder, called Bumble. The newest application allows the women who use the application to block someone they do not like. It is also similar to Tinder, but women felt safer within the premises of the Bumble app. The current owners of Tinder also threatened Whitney Wolfe Herd that they would be suing her for copying their designs, not knowing that the women they are trying to belittle are the original creator of the platform. She’s very powerful and stated that he is not bothered no matter how many threats would come in.
Whitney Wolfe, CEO of dating app Bumble, experienced a huge violation of both privacy and safety along with other members of her staff. Apparently, a neo-Nazi hate group with a misogynic message took offense to the feminist driven design of her company’s software tool.
The hate group, currently monitored by the FBI, responded by publishing identifying contact information for Whitney Wolfe as well as other head members of the staff. They obtained the confidential information via a cyber attack during the summer of 2017. The general idea was to encourage followers to seek out and harass Wolfe and others. For more latest update connect with Whitney Wolfe on Twitter.
As a response, Whitney Wolfe and others have been under bodyguard protection. The main company offices have also employed a full-time security team since then. The entire debacle left Wolfe in a such a state that she was questioning her mental health under such a level of stress.
For those in the dark as to the mechanics of Bumble, the app essentially sports a user interface that requires the fairer sex to make the first move when it comes to heterosexual dating. This means that the guy cannot reach out and simply initiate contact with any female that he so desires. Said female must first notify the app that she likes this user. Only after this is achieved can a man write a message to a woman.
It is through the niche appeal of women making the first move that Whitney Wolfe was able to enter a market where most startups fail and flesh out a respectable amount of success in such a short amount of time. No matter how one feels about Bumble, the idea of a hate/terror organization launching a cyber attack to steal information that can be shared with its cult-like followers to encourage physical attacks of violence should be frightening and surreal. Such an occurrence is all too common in this modern landscape.
Other than a lawsuit with the head of Tinder, who slandered Whitney Wolfe, we don’t hear about her too much in the news. The lawsuit was popular news simply because it was that situation that put her on the path to creating Bumble in the first place.