Career Code: Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Reveals How to Get Ahead

Sophie Miura

In honor of our co-founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s upcoming book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($13), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (to parallel the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of inspirational female leaders who are at the top of their fields. We spoke to Anna Brockway, co-founder and president of Chairish. Next, the seriously inspiring Whitney Wolfe, founder and CEO of dating app Bumble.

Modern dating is a fickle game. The archaic image of a woman waiting patiently by the phone has been replaced with a flurry of left and right swipes, where banter is quick and true love could be a direct message away. At the heart of the digital dating revolution is one woman: Whitney Wolfe. The inimitable entrepreneur and fierce feminist is leading the way with Bumble, a dating app where women make the first move. 

Wolfe's biography reads like a Hollywood script in the making. The Salt Lake City–born CEO was rejected from a marketing program, and spent her college years studying international relations by day and hatching business plans by night. Fresh out of college, she co-founded a little app you might have heard of: Tinder. Wolfe spearheaded the brand’s marketing division and saw the startup grow from a fledgling idea to a $750 million business. After a very public departure from the company, Wolfe resolved to become her own boss and create a platform that put women in the driver's seat.

Enter Bumble. In its first month, the app attracted 100,000 users with a very simple claim: Give women the power to choose. Dubbed the “first feminist dating app,” with rave reviews from the likes of Business Insider and Vogue, it’s clear the 26-year-old founder is changing the dating game, one swipe at a time.

We spoke to tech's brightest star to discover her top tips to supercharge your career. Keep scrolling—serious inspiration ahead! 

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