Bumble, a popular female dating app will be opening a physical place for dates to meet. Popularly known as the Hive, the facility designed for bumble and everyone else willing to meet their online dating partners. Although some dating apps are considered as taboo, Whitney Wolfe’s Bumble is going beyond just dating. Individuals using Bumble for dating or not will soon have something they are proud to be associated with, the Hive. A physical meeting place marks the first step in an attempt to formalize and commercialize Bumble brand.
The demand by the community to have the Hive corresponds with Bumble’s plan to expand on BumbleBIZZ ultimately. This plan aims at helping users with both social professional networking while retaining users who are not in search for dates.
While the Hive will give couples and friends an opportunity to meet, other activities will also be undertaken in the space. Some of these activities will include female entrepreneurship and activities focused on relationships among many others. Whitney Wolfe, the founding CEO of Bumble and Drybar, theSkimm founder, will be hosting a style session panel. Moreover, Forbes is expected to use the space to host Mentor and Mingle sessions.
A coffee shop and a bar will also be open in the space. Philanthropy will not be left out as Bumble merchandise will be open and all the proceeds directed to charity. These plans will help Bumble run for a month as they plan for extension and expansion to other cities.
The physical dating space will be located in Soho at 158 Mercer Street and will be open from 8 am to 8 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. On Saturdays; the Hive will open from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 10 pm. On Sundays, the physical dating space will be open from 10 am to 8 pm.
About Whitney Wolfe
Whitney Wolfe is an American entrepreneur and founding CEO of Bumble, a dating app that allows only women to initiate contact. Bumble has over 11 million users and is ranked amongst most popular dating sites in terms of monthly user base. In 2012, Whitney Wolfe cofounded Tinder, an online dating platform, which she later left and founded Bumble.
Whitney Wolfe graduated with bachelor’s degree in international studies from Southern Methodist University. Her entrepreneurship journey began while she was in college selling bamboo tote bags. After college, she worked with orphanages at Southeast Asia.