Whitney Wolfe Herd has walked an admirable path in the past 4 years since her rocky departure from Tinder to building her $1 Billion USD social network company with the core values of tackling the inherent sexism on the internet and making it to 2018 TIME 100 list.
Original from Salt Lake City, Utah, Whitney Wolfe is an alum from Southern Methodist University located in Dallas, Texas. In 2012, Wolfe Herd co-founded Tinder as Marketing VP. 2 years later, Wolfe Herd left Tinder after reported growing tensions with the company’s executives, and subsequently filling a lawsuit against Tinder for sexual harassment.
The public pressure and online hate built her conviction to build what she thought was the solution. This solution materialized into Bumble, a social network and dating application where interest is expressed by both parties, but contacts are initiated by women. The idea behind the women initiated conversations is to empower good behavior while reducing unsolicited nude photos and other unpleasant approaches that are detrimental to the user’s dating experience.
Bumble has started two add ons to its app: Bumble BFF where users can find platonic friends, and Bumble Bizz as a career networking platform. Both apps follow the same philosophy of women initiated interactions as a push for gender equality.
The app has proven it’s success with an estimated valuation of over $1 Billion USD while keeping the founder’s values at the core of what they do. An example shared at SXSW by Wolfe Herd is the decision to ban all profile pictures with guns for which 5,000 moderators were contracted. Even though this measure sparks criticism, Wolfe Herd sustains that their values such as not promoting violence take precedence over the bottom line.
Wolfe Wolfe has been included in Time’s 100 list due to her success launching the platform, and the impact her vision is having in the #metoo era, where driving change towards a less hostile internet and fight misogynistic attitudes.
The “Unicorn Queen,” or Doe Deere as she is known by her company Lime Crime Makeup, has become a global trendsetter. As the CEO of the company she was the one that made Lime Crime all about the bright colors that her fans love. Here is her story of how that came to be.
She is originally from Russia and then moved to New York as a young child. She grew up there and went into fashion design as a young adult. Her makeup company launched in 2008. She moved to Los Angeles after it took off. Part of that move was strategic. She began going global and needed the help of a company that was located in Los Angeles.
She originally created the makeup company to find a solution to her own fashion dilemma. She felt that there were no bright pigments that reflected the fashion design that she wanted to show the world. So she set out to create one instead. She started the company with her own clothing line online. The makeup was just an accompaniment to the clothes at first. She also loved a theme that was sorely lacking online at the time. There were things for kids, but not for adults.
She also wanted a line that reflected her own personal beliefs for being humane and cruelty-free in that make-up’s creation. So that was what she created. It was a huge success too. While there were nay-sayers, like any company must experience, it was a smashing hit online. It only took her about one year to reach that status.
Her first release had primarily eyeshadows in it. There were also primers, glitters and blushes. One of the most attractive features of her first release was the prices. They were really affordable. They came with online tutorials on how to create the cool looks that she was so fond of. Then the clothing line was underperforming. The make-up was selling like crazy. That was the real beginning of Lime Crime.
She reached the pentacle of success by listening to her customers and processing the information that they were sharing. She also did give-a-ways and held contests to keep it fun. Her blog had tutorials on how to use her products. The viewers loved it every step of the way. Each release, year after year brought her enormous success. Learn more: http://limecrime.tumblr.com/
She began supporting several groups in the area after that. The fans loved her even more for it. Her supporters followed her releases each year as each line was sold to the public. Many of her products sold out before they were available. When your makeup is selling in pre-orders, you know you have made it.
It takes a lot of words and hand gestures to describe the greatness of Helane Morrison. She is just one of those rare individuals that seems to be able to accomplish any goal she puts her mind to. The businesswoman is a prime example of how hard work can pay off if you are truly committed to the task at hand.
Morrison earned a name for herself when she was appointed the new district administrator and later regional director of the SEC in 1999. Prior to becoming regional director, Morrison served as the head of the SEC’s enforcement program within the San Francisco District Office.
As head of the office Morrison was responsible for supervising the enforcement and examination side of the office’s far reaching jurisdiction which included, Northern California and multiple states in the Northwest area of the United States. Throughout her time spent with the SEC she kept local traders on their toes.
The same year Morrison joined Hall Capital Partners as the company’s general counsel, chief compliance officer (CCO), and managing director. On top of all of this, she also serves as a member of Hall Capital’s Executive Committee.
Morrison was attracted to the idea of joining Hall Capital for several reasons. One of which was the successful investment company‘s diverse and revolutionary leadership. Hall Capital is a company run entirely by women. Being a businesswoman herself, Morrison knew the company was the right fit for her.
She joined Hall Capital in the middle of the financial crisis of 2007/2008. Wide corruption in the investment industry was exposed due to the market crash. Morrison works hard to gain back the trust of investors. She knows the process will take time and she will have to be patient.
Morrison graduated from Northwestern University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She would later work at the California Law Review as editor-in-chief while earning her J. D. from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law. In addition she passed the state bar of California.
She has made succeeding in a male dominated profession look like a walk in the park. Young and mature women everywhere will aspire to be like her for years to come and when it comes to looking up to someone Helane Morrison is definitely not a bad choice.