Like many single millennials, Ashley and Connor met cute the modern way: They matched on Bumble, the dating app where people swipe through potential partners but only women are allowed to initiate a conversation, and started texting.
Flanked by a handful of the 30 employees (mostly women) who work out of the company’s Austin office, she explains that she founded Bumble in 2014 “in response to our dating issues, our issues with men, our issues with gender dynamics.” At the time, Wolfe had been reeling from her dramatic exit from the dating app Tinder, where she served as VP of marketing.
Following an ugly breakup with cofounder Justin Mateen, Wolfe brought a sexual harassment suit against her former colleagues, accusing them of discrimination and stripping her of her cofounder title—claims Tinder called unfounded.
I also keep our exchanges entirely online so that we work within the parameters in which you’ll be competing.
Before starting, I provide a full outline of the process and a copy of the questionnaire, as well as the option for a refund if it’s not what you expected. As a senior writer, I’m skilled at editing work of others.
Now Bumble is betting that its matchmaking technology can do more than foster romantic or personal connections.