I went to a Jewish preschool but then a private Catholic high school.I grew up with a cultural understanding of different people, traditions, ways of life.”By the time Wolfe turned 11, her parents moved the family to Paris, specifically to instill in their children a sense of the world.Then, one day, she stopped.“I’d go and be there all day and just kept saying, ‘You know what? There’s so many other capable humans here that can go and rock the babies and play with them. Despite Hatch Labs serving as her first “working-for- somebody-else job,” the startup environment suited Wolfe’s own quick-paced mind.“There were probably seven or eight little things that we would be tinkering with, as you do in an incubator,” Wolfe says. As one of the first location-based dating apps, Tinder ignited a new, sexy world of social discovery.I have the ability to go home and do something that will touch all of these people somehow. bearing big dreams to start her own microloan business selling clothing, jewelry and other artifacts made by women from different parts of the world, until she got a proverbial wake-up call.“My dad was like, ‘No. It merged the basic laws of attraction with the instant gratification for which millennials are stereotyped.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 was always kind of doing something different.”Wolfe’s inventive spirit continued to flourish after she graduated from high school.As a sophomore at Southern Methodist University, her mother’s alma mater, Wolfe used her ingenuity to spearhead an impassioned venture.
[There are] grandparents, all of these things that are so important in a child’s life, even soccer practice and being able to drive in a car and go through a drive-thru. I had some weird painting project going on in my room or was inventing something new,” Wolfe says.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.She hinges her elbows to the countertop and checks her phone one last time before placing it just out of arm’s reach.“I don’t remember a night that I didn’t check my email in the middle of the night in the last year,” Wolfe admits, glancing at her phone’s screen across the countertop.“I think I’ve slept maybe five nights completely through the night without taking a break halfway through to check something, respond to something, do something.That distinction rests with the attribute for which the lightweight, fluttering creature was named: that soft hum the well-known pollinator produces as it hovers in the air, its delicate wings flapping furiously— its buzz.