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Now Bumble is betting that its matchmaking technology can do more than foster romantic or personal connections.After launching its Bumble BFF vertical a year ago, which pairs users with new friends, Wolfe is repositioning the company to make room for Bumble Bizz, a professional networking vertical debuting in early October where users can look for work, find a business partner, or hire new talent.It’s on track to take in more than 0 million in revenue in 2018.(The basic app is free, but more than 10% of its active users pay up to .99 per month for a subscription, which grants access to premium features such as a list of people who have already swiped right on them.) Bumble’s users are emboldened by the app’s impressively low rate of abuse reports; in addition to banning people like Connor, Bumble also blocks those who send unwanted nude photos, and it was the first dating app to initiate photo verification practices, limiting the potential for fake profiles.In August of 2014, Andreev and Wolfe met in Greece to discuss partnering on a female-centric dating app.
“Whitney’s vision extended well beyond dating from the beginning,” says Andreev, who owns a majority stake in Bumble.[Photo: @ninebagatelles] A post shared by Fast Company (@fastcompany) on After her painful split from Tinder, the last thing Wolfe wanted to do was start another tech company.She sunk into a deep depression and eventually fled Los Angeles for Austin, where she thought she might open a juice bar.Like many single millennials, Ashley and Connor met cute the modern way: They matched on Bumble, the dating app where people swipe through potential partners but only women are allowed to initiate a conversation, and started texting.But when Ashley asked an innocent question about work, Connor launched into a misogynistic rant in which he called her a “gold-digging whore.” Bumble’s response, a fiery blog post now known as the “Dear Connor” letter, quickly went viral.