A little more than two weeks have gone by since Match Group Founder filed a lawsuit against Bumble Founder Whitney Wolfe for Patent Infringement. Whitney Wolfe was a former employee of one of Match Group’s dating service companies, Tinder. Wolfe left the company after she filed suit against the company for sexual harassment charges. The company settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Since leaving the flagship company, Whitney Wolfe has been busy raising a flag for her own company after she received a massive injection of support from Andrey Andreev, the Russian Billionaire, and Badoo Founder. Andreev funded Bumble with 10 million dollars to start for a 79% of the company. Andreev already has several dating apps and found a deep interest in teaming up with Whitney Wolfe when he learned of her plans for a dating app which focused on women having the first choice in men who were interested in pursuing relationships with them. WIth Bumble when women are looking at pictures of possible suitors they wife thru photos of the men and if they are interested, they swipe right, but if not interested they swipe left.
Match Group claims in the lawsuit that there are similarities between the Tinder app and the Bumble app, which are proprietary to the Tinder app and that these similarities were infringed upon by Bumble while Whitney Wolfe was still employed with Tinder and she was aware of the structure of the Tinder app. Whitney Wolfe has recently countersued Match Group for interfering with her business by trying to enter into deals for acquiring Bumble.
Whitney Wolfe was married to Michael Herd, an heir of Texas oil in September of 2017. They spent their honeymoon on the Italian Amalfi Coast. Wolfe’s wedding dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta. The couple has known one another since Valentine’s Day of 2014.