A Letter From Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder and CEO
When I founded Bumble, it was because I saw a problem I wanted to help solve. It was 2014, but so many of the smart, wonderful women in my life were still waiting around for men to ask them out, to take their numbers, or to start up a conversation on a dating app. For all the advances women had been making in workplaces and corridors of power, the gender dynamics of dating and romance still seemed so outdated. I thought, what if I could flip that on its head? What if women made the first move, and sent the first message?
Four years and many Bumble weddings and babies later, we’re celebrating over 500 million first moves. And we’re just getting started. Bumble has now grown far beyond a dating app into a networking platform, allowing people of all genders to make empowered connections in all areas of their lives, whether that means you’re seeking a romantic relationship, making new friendships or growing your professional network.
In recent months, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have put sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the center of the cultural conversation. I’m more dedicated than ever to helping advance gender equality -- and putting an end to the misogyny and toxic masculinity that still plague society. We don’t tolerate hate speech or bad behavior of any sort; Bumble is a platform rooted in kindness and respect.