When Whitney was 11, her father took a sabbatical and moved the family to Paris.
‘I was enrolled in a very international school, with the children of diplomats and royalty. ‘It changed my perspective.’When Whitney returned to school in small-town Utah, she suddenly stood out.
She looks more like a college sorority president than the CEO of a global tech company, and has a fizzy, perky presence. Whitney recently appeared on ’ prestigious 30 Under 30 list, an annual round-up of the most influential young innovators.‘I think that early on a lot of people thought women making the first move was a gimmick and that we were just some cute girly dating app,’ she reflects.
‘But we’re serious about putting women in the driver’s seat and chipping away at societal expectations.’The second strand of Bumble’s mission is to stamp out the aggressive, lewd messaging that has grown rampant in a dating environment in which strangers can hide behind screens.
‘I can guarantee that back in the day, if a woman was left alone and she needed to eat, she would have to hunt,’ says Whitney.
‘It’s not biological imperative that says men have to ask us out, it’s social conditioning.
Romance rarely blossoms between strangers in bars these days.