The Episode “E195: Bumble Founder: World’s Youngest Female Self-Made Billionaire: Whitney Wolfe Herd” of “The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett“
Whitney Wolfe Herd is the founder of Bumble and the first self-made female billionaire on the planet. In this episode, she reveals after leaving Tinder in explosive circumstances, the injustices she faced drove her on to build a better kind of dating app.
A firm believer that the way to connect with people is by being authentic and being vulnerable, Whitney reveals she routinely shares with her staff her struggles with anxiety and when she’s not feeling on top of things. The only path to human connection lies through honesty, and Whitney breaks the mould to be as transparent with her employees as she can.
In one of our rawest and most emotional conversations with CEOs yet, Whitney reveals that she wanted to be the boss not because she wanted to, but because she thought the nature of her character meant she couldn’t work for anybody else.
- Early context
- How do we follow what we really want?
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- Your background education
- Moving into the working world
- The importance of leaning in
- Early marketing tactics for tinder
- What was Tinder like in the early days?
- Regrets when building a business
- Your departure from Tinder
- When was your darkest day?
- Why did Bumble win
- Why did bumble win?
- How do you staying harmony with yourself
- The importance of being vulnerable as a leader
- What does a successful 10 years look like for bumble?
- The last guest question
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A few years ago I was a broke, university dropout, living in one of the worst parts of the country, alone, with nothing but a laptop & a dream. Fast forward a few years, I’m the 29 year old ex CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. That company is called Social Chain. My world is intense, sometimes crazy, always challenging and always unpredictable. This podcast is simple, every week I’m going to share insights with you from guests with different backgrounds, experiences and learnings. I want to give you a look into what it’s like behind the scenes, being an entrepreneur, the deep, dark thoughts that nobody else will share with you and anything else that’s playing on my mind. This is not scripted and I don’t have questions I just see where the conversation takes me. This is the diary of a CEO, I’m Steven Bartlett. I hope nobody is listening, but if you are… keep this to yourself.