Episode 231: Whitney Wolfe Herd (Bumble) feat. Kate Willett (Premium)

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Dating's weird, isn't it? In this episode we're joined by the wonderful Kate Willett (@katewillett on Twitter) to explore the wild uncertainties of dating and the financial windfall available to those with the foresight to monetize it with a gimmick.


  • Bumble has changed the way people date and mate by empowering women to make the first move and give them a safer environment. How ironic then that Au-Yeung uncovered a pattern of tax avoidance—and misogyny—at the headquarters of Bumble’s corporate engine, overseen by Bumble’s majority owner, Russian billionaire Andrey Andreev. An instant classic amid the #MeToo Movement, and like all the best stories, it produced results: Four months after Angel Au-Yeung’s story, Andreev sold his stake in Bumble to Blackstone.
  • Whitney Wolfe, a former executive at the popular dating start-up Tinder, has filed a lawsuit against the company, along with its majority owner, IAC/InterActiveCorp, on sexual harassment and discrimination claims.
  • A former executive who accused popular dating-app Tinder of sexual harassment and discrimination has settled her lawsuit with the company.
  • The worst of the exchanges are between Wolfe and Mateen, and can be found below. Keep in mind that this isn't just a conversation between two people in the crater of a workplace romance—this was Whitney Wolfe's boss.
  • She says [Mateen] called her a whore in front of the CEO, imploring her not to look at him with "her ugly eyes."
  • Tell that to Whitney Wolfe, Tinder’s former VP of marketing. Wolfe filed a lawsuit on Monday against Tinder and its majority owner, IAC, alleging that Mateen and Tinder’s other executives engaged in “atrocious sexual harassment and sex discrimination” against her. Wolfe says that they belittled her contributions, boxed her out of her status as Tinder co-founder, subjected her to public and private sexual harassment, ignored her complaints about the abuse, and then fired her.
  • Now, Rad and a group of nine other former and current Tinder employees are suing InterActiveCorp and Match Group, the owners of Tinder, for $2 billion.
  • Tinder owner Match Group, a dating-site conglomerate being spun off by billionaire Barry Diller’s own IAC/InterActiveCorp, priced itself late Wednesday at $12 a share, giving the company a market value of $2.9 billion.
  • After leaving Tinder, its co-founder wanted to change dating’s status quo – here she talks feminism, online trolling and why her app encourages equality
  • Alex Williamson joins Iliza to give you some of her online dating hacks but also to get real about relationships, friendships, and business. This week's sponsors Living Proof: Visit LivingProof.com/ILIZA and use promo code ILIZA to get a free sample of award-winning dry shampoo with your purchase. Stitch Fix: Get started today at StitchFix.com/iliza and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box!
  • This summer, the popular dating app Tinder was rocked by scandal when Whitney Wolfe, an early employee and its former vice president, sued the company on ugly charges of sexual harassment and sex discrimination.
  • The truth about Tinder and women is even worse than you think
  • Dear Connor, It has been brought to our attention that you lost your cool on one of our female users, Ashley. She made small talk; you felt personally attacked. She mentioned her work day and asked about yours; you assumed she was prying into your financial status. Given we’re all working women ourselves, we’re going to venture a guess into Ashley’s intentions here. Take a seat, Connor, because this concept may blow your mind: Women nowadays work. It’s happened gradually, we know, but the majority of women from our generation have jobs. With that in mind – and knowing that Ashley simply mentioned work in the conversation – we can infer that she wasn’t hoping to figure out if your wallet was sizable enough for her to move into your house and start cooking dinner for you. Instead, Ashley was (wait for it, Connor, because this is where things really get interesting), viewing herself as your equal. It might sound crazy, but people connect over the basic routines of life. You know, things like the weather, working out, grabbing a drink, eating, and working. While you may view this as a “neo-liberal, Beyonce, feminist-cancer” and rant about the personal wounds you’ve sustained from “entitled gold digging whores,” we’re going to keep working. We’re going to expand our reach and make sure women everywhere receive the message that they’re just as empowered in their personal lives as they are in the workplace. We’re going to continue to build a world that makes small-minded, misogynist boys like you outdated. We’re hoping one day you come around. We hope the hate and resentment welling up inside of you will subside and you’ll be able to engage in everyday conversations with women without being afraid of their power to the extent you feel the need to lash out at them. But until that day comes, Connor, consider yourself blocked from Bumble. Never yours, The Bumble Hive #ImWithAshley #LaterConnor
  • New York (CNN Business)On Bumble, lewd pictures will soon come with a warning.
  • After suing Tinder for sexual harassment, Whitney Wolfe is getting her revenge with a new company and a new gazillionaire boyfriend. Above: Wolfe visits NYC to work on her new dating app, Bumble, where women ask the men out.
  • She has just turned 28 and is already a luminary in the tech world as she continues to revolutionise the online dating and business scene. Whitney Wolfe is a member of Forbes 2017 – 30 under 30 Consumer Technology List and has just turned down a $450 million dollar buyout (and we thought we’d had a busy year..!).
  • Before Tinder was Tinder, it was an idea developed by a handful of founders who thought there was a better way for people to connect. One of those founders was Wolfe, who moved on from Tinder in 2014 to start her own dating app, Bumble, which offers the unique proposition that women have to make first contact with potential male mates. Live for about a year, Bumble has a million users (and counting) and it's growing about 15 percent every week.
  • David Boroff 11 Feb 2021, 21:57Updated: 11 Feb 2021, 22:52
  • Whitney Wolfe, the founder and CEO of Bumble, has made matchmaking her business. Her dating app is 20-million-users strong and well known for its feminist approach to the online courting process—when two heterosexual users are matched, a connection can only be made if the woman makes the first move. (The company has since expanded its reach with the launch of Bumble BFF in March of 2016 and Bumble Bizz earlier this week.)
  • Whitney Wolfe Herd claims a slate of accolades as the CEO and founder of Austin-based online dating website Bumble, but the young entrepreneur also just celebrated a personal milestone: her 30th birthday.
  • Given that she is the founder and CEO of Bumble, one of today’s hottest dating apps, it stands to reason that Whitney Wolfe knows a thing or two about compatibility and relationships. On September 2, 2017, she entered the world of wedded bliss with a lavish wedding on Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast. Her groom, Michael Herd, is a successful Texas oil heir who also runs a charitable organization in his grandfather’s name. The couple decided on a destination wedding in Positano, which is positioned right on the Amalfi Coast, and by all reports it was perfect from start to finish.
  • The Tinder rival is leading a seed round investment in Chappy, a service designed specifically for gay men.
  • Michael Herd is the heir and grandson of Bob Herd, who started the oil and natural gas firm Herd Producing Company, Inc. in Tyler, Texas, with his wife and two daughters. Michael is currently the vice president of the company, which operates over 400 oil wells across Louisiana and East Texas.
  • Former marketing Vice President Whitney Wolfe sued Tinder claiming sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • "I was inundated with hatred online, lots of aggressive behavior, people calling me names, really painful things that I'd never experienced," Wolfe Herd told The Times in 2018. "I felt like my entire self-worth, any confidence that I had, had been sucked away. There were dark times when I thought, 'Well, this is it. I won't have a career ever again. I'm 24, coming out of one of the world's hottest tech companies, but the internet hates me.' It was a horrible time. Then I woke up one morning and thought, 'I'm going to rebuild myself.'"