“Spirituality comes out in moments of darkness.” – Whitney Wolfe Herd
Whitney Wolfe Herd (@whitwolfeherd) is the founder and CEO of Bumble, one of the fastest-growing social networking apps in the world. She launched Bumble in 2014 as the only dating platform where women make the first move, and in three years, her vision has led to Bumble’s growth to more than 28 million users worldwide in 144 countries.
Bumble launched Bumble BFF in 2016 as a friend-finding feature and Bumble Bizz for professional networking in 2017. Whitney was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list and has recently been on the covers of not just Fast Company, but also Forbes and Wired.
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SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Connect with Whitney Wolfe Herd:
- Whitney Wolfe Wants to Beat Tinder at Its Own Game by Charlotte Alter, Time
- Who Was Sadie Hawkins and Why Does She Have a Dance Named After Her? by Kathy Padden, Today I Found Out
- The Founder of Bumble on the Future of Dating & Making It in Your 20s by Natalie Gil, Refinery29
- Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
- Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
- The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain by Dr. Steven R Gundry M.D.
- Mean Eyed Cat
- 30 Coconut Oil Uses for Beauty: Unexpected Hair & Skin Benefits by Popsugar and Kristi Kellogg, Allure
- Smythson Notebooks
- The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence by Gavin De Becker
- The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
- 5 Different Types of Imposter Syndrome (and 5 Ways to Battle Each One) by Melody Wilding, The Muse
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- The Tail End by Tim Urban, Wait But Why
- How did Bumble come to be? [06:01]
- What did Whitney originally want to call Bumble? [09:58]
- Whitney explains the Sadie Hawkins Dance to me. [11:37]
- Why didn’t Whitney care for the name Bumble at first? [13:10]
- One of my methods of testing is if something I’ve written is “sticky” enough. [14:00]
- How many people currently use Bumble? [14:40]
- What are the benefits of Bumble’s “women make the first move” dynamic? [15:18]
- Whitney talks about how she’s overcome particularly dark periods of time. [16:47]
- Harnessing anxiety as a fuel rather than surrendering to it as a handicap. [22:36]
- Good sleep is a game changer. [25:51]
- On using books for startup team bonding. [26:44]
- Influential books read and gifted most often. [29:27]
- Do plants really want to kill us? [34:41]
- What recent purchase of $100 or less has had a positive impact on Whitney’s life? [36:37]
- When was the last time Whitney cried tears of joy? [40:58]
- What spiritual beliefs help Whitney through difficult times? [43:09]
- Relying on hunches over caffeine and interference from the prefrontal cortex. [45:36]
- Whitney’s most worthwhile investment of time and dedication. [50:58]
- How does Whitney positively shape and scale her company’s culture? [52:26]
- The best piece of advice Whitney has ever received. [54:47]
- Sometimes we need to remember to let other people help us. [56:41]
- How to (and not to) ask a busy person for help or advice. [58:43]
- Unusual habits and absurd things Whitney loves. [1:04:38]
- A new belief or behavior that has had the most positive impact on Whitney’s life. [1:07:35]
- What would Whitney’s billboard say? [1:08:34]
- Parting thoughts. [1:09:29]
- Andrey Andreev
- Sadie Hawkins
- Michael Herd
- Adam Grant
- Gregory David Roberts
- Zooko Wilcox
- Steve Jobs
- Gavin De Becker
- Amanda Palmer
- Reid Hoffman
- Peter Thiel
- Ben Casnocha
- Cheryl Strayed
- Tim Urban
Posted on: May 25, 2018.
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