Two of Tinder’s formative team members, including Whitney Wolfe, are building a rival dating app called Bumble.
Wolfe, who sued Tinder over sexual harassment claims, has teamed up with the creator of Tinder’s UI and design, Christopher Gulczynski.
The app, which is in pre-launch stage and set to be released by the end of the year, says it cuts out “unwanted messages” and “suggests matches based on more relevant signals than other, more shallow apps.”
According to TechCrunch sources, the app has raised money in the millions, potentially from Badoo and Michael Herd, who Wolfe may still be dating.
The site has linked to Instagram photos which shows the group working together on the rival app.
Gulczynski recently created music-finding app Next, which used the same functionality as Tinder to discover upcoming musicians.
As an early employee of Tinder, Gulczynski has been fairly outspoken against Sean Rad and the sexual harassment lawsuit, recently saying “karma’s a bitch” in reaction to Rad’s demotion from CEO of the company.
He also told The New York Post that “we have a whole family of Tinder people” who apparently left on bad terms, which is “like an ex-Tinder support group.”
Bumble has since made much of their online content private, but a launch is expected on 1st December.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see what twists on the Tinder format these employees, who have an in-depth knowledge of the app, will bring to the table.
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