Bumble's new headquarters in Austin, Texas, are a far cry from the typically sparse tech company offices found in Silicon Valley.But that was exactly what Whitney Wolfe, the 27-year-old CEO of the female-first dating app, was trying to do.“We have embraced the type of feminine design that a lot of tech spaces steer clear of,” says Wolfe, a feminist entrepreneur whose evocative girl-friendly headquarters includes a glam room with a hair washing station for professional blowouts (Wolfe’s idea) and a bar with beer and cold-brew coffee on tap.
" data-type="image" data-reactid="141"The headquarters—appropriately bee-yellow, with an overall bumblebee theme—are where the newlywed (Wolfe recently married her longtime boyfriend, Texas oil heir Michael Herd, in Positano, Italy,) runs the dating app alongside Bumble Bizz, which will launch October 1.
She has appeared in advertising campaigns for David Yurman, Sam Edelman, Betsey Johnson, Guess?
, Victoria's Secret, Express, and Bare Necessities.
Bumble Bizz connects users through geo-targeting and enables them to swipe through people—male and female—nearby looking to network, mentor, hire, or be hired.
“Because women will make the first move on Bumble Bizz, I think we will be able to combat the power imbalance in the workplace and the often unnecessary gray area that emerges when people abuse networking with ulterior motives.
She said while filling in as a co-host for Kelly Ripa on Live!