It was this wooded, secluded type of childhood.”Growing up with her parents and younger sister in Utah, the geographical center of the Mormon faith, Wolfe cultivated an early understanding of the people and places around her.“My mother’s family is Catholic, and my father’s family is Jewish,” Wolfe says.
“I think I benefited from that because I grew up with such an understanding of everybody.
I’m going to make yoga bags, tote bags [and]I can get every girl on campus to carry them.’ I was in a sorority and I knew that everyone carried a little bag to school,” Wolfe says.
She found a local, organic, eco-friendly distributor, had the bags designed and started selling them via Facebook.“It just went crazy,” Wolfe remembers.
Born in Salt Lake City, Wolfe spent her early childhood years in an environment more pastoral than metropolitan.“Imagine not seeing a person’s house unless you literally walked for two minutes,” Wolfe says.
“Everything was on its own spread and it was every child’s dream.
Wolfe was placed in a non- English-speaking school and immediately immersed herself in the culture.“My very, very best friends in the world are from that school in France. That’s been a huge part of who I am because I was raised with these people that were not just from my neighborhood,” she says.
Whitney Wolfe, the 26-year-old founder of Bumble, launched the social-discovery platform, heralded by many as the feminist dating app, less than a year and a half ago. She checks her phone intermittently between movements, responding to emails, texts, phone calls. She bounces between Bumble’s outposts in London and Los Angeles, where it’s standing room only for technology startups, yet anchors her team in Austin, away from the swarms of stinging competitors and with plenty of space to consider the myriad decisions she must make for her rapidly expanding company.
The yellow-and-black stripes of the bumblebee coil around its famously fuzzy thorax in a striking, iconic pattern.
These contrasting colors have become synonymous with the social insect, and yet, they rank second to its most inimitable feature.
It really was.”Wolfe graduated from SMU ready to do more. “I was desperate to understand what life was like for people that didn’t have the good fortune that we all do here,” Wolfe says.
During college, she had studied abroad for a year and vacationed overseas with her family during the summers, but yearned to see things in a different light.“I just wanted to be anywhere that was different from my own corner,” she says. “I wanted to understand that side of life and help do something.”Traveling throughout Southeast Asia and sleeping in -a-night hotels, Wolfe eventually discovered an orphanage in Northern Thailand, which she found herself returning to day after day to volunteer. And so, Wolfe got a job at Hatch Labs, an incubator for startups in San Francisco, where she started working on a series of projects, including an app that would launch four months later and eventually be called Tinder. You do projects.”Wolfe joined Hatch Labs in May 2012, and by September, had started launching Tinder on college campuses, beginning with her alma mater, SMU.
“I was always kind of doing something different.”Wolfe’s inventive spirit continued to flourish after she graduated from high school.