Five years ago Tinder revolutionised dating; the location-based app delivered a deck of candidates based on proximity straight to a phone screen, with a small selection of snapshots and a brief bio.
Then, in late 2014, another dating app launched with a potentially even more revolutionary USP.
‘I could travel the world, I could start companies, but I was not allowed to strike up a conversation with the cute guy in my class at college? ‘If I make the first move, I’m perceived as a crazy girl, just for going after what I want.
That’s not fair.’It is an unusually wet morning in Austin, Texas, where Bumble is based, when I meet Whitney for breakfast at a boutique hotel.
“I don’t remember a night that I didn’t check my email in the middle of the night in the last year,” Wolfe admits, glancing at her phone’s screen across the countertop.
Romance rarely blossoms between strangers in bars these days.
For anyone under 40 who is dating, single and in possession of a smartphone, potential partners are generally now located in the palm of one’s hand.
To some, it might appear that Wolfe is playing out the ultimate revenge fantasy.
‘I did think about how it might come across,’ she says, sincerely.