You’ll be surprised by what the superstar founder of Bumble says about mentors

“If we’re going to be a part of making men treat women better, why don’t we start treating each other better?” Whitney Wolfe told Vogue Magazine.

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Whitney Wolfe Herd is the 29-year-old founder of the wildly popular four-year-old dating site Bumble, where women make the first move. Today, the company is valued at $1 billion.

She recently scored a profile in Vogue, who followed her as she went to India to launch Bumble on the subcontinent.


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But when asked by the magazine who her female mentors were, she said there hadn’t been many in her career:

“If we’re going to be a part of making men treat women better, why don’t we start treating each other better?” It’s clear that Wolfe Herd feels that she has been let down by her own gender in the past. Asked to name her female mentors, she becomes quiet and says there haven’t been many. Of course, Wolfe Herd herself is becoming a mentor to the women who work for her (Bumble has 140 employees, 85 percent of whom are women), and she is quick to celebrate and support her female peers. When her friend the Glossier founder, Emily Weiss, made the cover of Entrepreneur, Wolfe Herd had cookies made of the cover image and sent to her office.”

In a way, it makes sense. With a shortage of women in tech, especially at the founder and CEO level, one would assume there to be fewer appropriate female mentors for someone in Wolf Herd’s unique position.


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Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.