Whitney Wolfe was involved in the creation of both Tinder and Bumble. After she had a falling out with the people at Tinder, Wolfe chose to venture off on her own and create her own dating app. This is how Bumble was born. Now Wolfe faces backlash from her former company in the form of a patent lawsuit.
Tinder claims that because Bumble uses a swipe right/left features to choose matches, it has violated Tinder’s patents. The parent company of Tinder, Match Group is suing Whitney Wolfe and Bumble for this alleged violation. Despite swiping left and right being the basic control scheme for nearly every app in the market, Match Group believes that Bumble has stolen intellectual property from them.
Bumble responded to these allegations in the form of a public letter. “We swipe left on you,” the letter read. “We swipe left on your multiple attempts to buy us, copy us, and, now to intimidate us.”
Match Group has made multiple attempts to purchase Bumble, and Whitney Wolfe has told them no every time. Whitney Wolfe claims that Match Group’s lawsuit is nothing more than an intimidation technique. Whitney Wolfe and Bumble called Match Group a bully in response to their frivolous lawsuit.
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Who is Whitney Wolfe
Whitney Wolfe is a entrepreneur. She is the founder and Chief Executive Adviser of Bumble. She was also the co-founder of Tinder, the company that is now suing her. Wolfe has been honored by being named on several lists of successful business women. She was featured in Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech and Forbes’ similarly named list 30 under 30. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1989 and now lives in Austin Texas. She attended Southern Methodist University and is currently married to Michael Herd.