Whitney Wolfe Herd launched a company in 2014 called Bumble. This company, for which she is the chief executive officer, has an Android and iPhone dating app where only women are allowed to make the first move. She further expanded this app in 2016 when she incorporated Bumble BFF which is a way for people to use their phone to find new friends. It was further expanded in 2017 with Bumble Bizz which is a way for women to establish a professional network. View Whitney Wolfe’s profile at forbes.com
Recognizing that people nowadays spend far too much time staring at a phone screen, Whitney Wolfe Herd had a snooze function put into the Bumble app in early September. Most other app developers would not put in a feature that reduces the number of active users but that is exactly what she did. Users can hit the snooze button and choose to have it last a day, three days, a week, or permanently until they un-snooze the app. This button stops all notifications from the app.
She says that she’s not terribly concerned about damaging Bumble’s churn or other key performance indicators. She feels it is more important for people to be able to get away from notifications for a while whether they are going on vacation, a digital detox, experiencing new things, need to concentrate on their jobs, or whatever other reason they have. Whitney Wolfe Herd says she recently took a three-week break from social media herself and feels great about that.
Whitney Wolfe Herd has been having a busy summer in other ways as well. In July she was chosen by Ron Howard and Brian Glazer to become a member of the board of directors of their entertainment firm, Imagine Entertainment. She is now a non-voting member on this board along with Richard Rosenblatt, Jeff Sagansky, Tom Freston, and Michael Lynton. Brian Glazer says that she was selected because she is a visionary and one to think outside the box. He was also impressed that she built a global brand in just four years that also has a very vibrant community invested in it.
Bernardo Chua is a Canada-based business executive who owns and operates a company in the beverage and direct marketing industries. His company, Organo Gold, provides consumers with premium teas, coffees, nutraceuticals, and personal care products. His products can be found in over 50 nations and are sold exclusively through a global network of independent distributors.
When he started out his professional career he worked for a small family-owned company in the Philippines. After working there for a few years he found a job managing a Southeast Asia tour company’s office. He discovered the direct marketing industry not long after this and joined a company called Gano Excel. When this company sought to expand into America he volunteered to emigrate to the U.S. along with his family. He was their top executive in America and before long Gano Excel products were available across the United States and Canada. Read more about Bernardo at bitsylink.com
When he decided to strike out on his own he moved to Canada and along with a business partner started Organo Gold. This was in 2008 and his company began with just three employees. It now has thousands of independent contractors and employees around the globe. One of the reasons for the success of Organo Gold is that all of their products contain lab-grown Ganodermalucidum. This herb was something that he had been familiar with since childhood. It is thought to have several health benefits which is why it is included in their products.
Over the course of his career, Bernardo Chua has received a number of awards. He has been named as the Direct Sales Company Executive of the Year six times. In 2014 he was invited back to the Philippines where he could personally accept their Business and Industry Dangal ng Bayan Award, presented to Filipinos who have become international successes in the business world.
He is also a philanthropist. Bernardo Chua created the OG Cares Foundation which provides leadership training to young people around the world. He also delivers speeches to encourage younger people in business and has served as a mentor to many. He says that with hard work and determination anyone can become a success.