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One key to Bizz’s success will be drawing a new demographic of users into Bumble’s ecosystem.The challenge, says Bumble’s director of marketing, Chelsea Cain Maclin, is convincing “someone like my mother, who is married and has three kids and now wants to get back into healthcare work, that we have something to offer her.”This fall, Bumble is launching a targeted national ad campaign, geared toward women and men of varying ages, that will promote the idea that just one connection can transform your professional life.[Photo: @ninebagatelles] A post shared by Fast Company (@fastcompany) on After her painful split from Tinder, the last thing Wolfe wanted to do was start another tech company.She sunk into a deep depression and eventually fled Los Angeles for Austin, where she thought she might open a juice bar.
“I think what’s been interesting for me—let me say this delicately—when I’ve been surrounded by men who don’t believe women are equal, I didn’t think women were equal, including myself.”During a coffee break at Bumble’s office, more than a dozen members of the staff, who are as loose and casual with one another as longtime friends, crowd around a laptop perched on the kitchen counter. It features the company’s director of college marketing jumping out of a plane shortly after she started chatting with a match on Bumble (the ad’s closing statement: #taketheleap).
As companies like Uber and Google struggle to overcome public reports of discrimination, a rising cohort of women, from venture capitalists to finance and tech entrepreneurs, are determined to refashion what is acceptable and what is possible in the workplace.
In Wolfe’s case, it starts with a simple question: “Why does it have to be all about love? “How do we expand horizons beyond just saying, ‘You’re a female, you have to get married by 30’?
Bumble has also recruited “Queen Bees”—existing users who are social media influencers and entrepreneurs—to partner with the app on networking and awareness events.
Wolfe believes that Bumble’s mission of empowerment will be as appealing in the professional realm as it is in the personal.
Bizz will debut with verified brand partners such as Postmates and Outdoor Voices.