Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd is one busy woman, she is one of the leading advocacy voices for sexual assault survivors, creating overseas ventures and opening a new skincare line, all while dealing with an intense legal battle with Match.com and co-founder of Tinder.
So, it’s no surprise that Whitney Wolfe was invited to speak at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit in California. Although she was expected to attend, her talking points were kept in the dark. Few speakers later Whitney Wolfe would take the stage with her mother and announce that Bumble will be expanding to India with the help of investor Priyanka Chopra. Women empowerment in India is growing, but it’s not fast enough, in order to truly have free women in the world, they must connect globally, Wolfe would comment.
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Earlier we mentioned that Bumble was going through some legal battles with Match.com, a dating company run by CEO Mandy Ginsberg. Match.com is suing Bumble for infringement on intellectual property claiming that Bumble is using the same model on their app as Match. In an unheard of statement in terms of business legal battles, Mandy Ginsberg acknowledged Wolfe’s success and when on to say that she admired Wolfe for all she has accomplished. The feeling is mutual as Wolfe herself has stated that even if you’re in competition with someone, it should never get so ugly that you destroy each other as women for any reason.
Facebook taking over dating? Wolfe says that she and Bumble are not a bit worried about Facebook’s attempt at being a dating app. The CEO of Bumble backs this up by saying that adults 18-25 are not going to want to participate on the same platform where their parents can watch their every move.
Although Bumble and Whitney Wolfe are set to continue its legal battles in the coming year, she is positive that they will eventually come to a peaceful and successful resolution.