Former Bumble Marketing Exec Joins Professional Networking Startup

Bumble’s former Vice President of Marketing has been speaking to Forbes about her new position at a promising professional networking startup.

Chelsea Cain Maclin left the dating and social app in February, after spending more than four years helping it grow into one of the industry’s biggest players.

She has now become the first Chief Marketing Officer of Lunchclub, a platform that connects founders and executives with investors and new employees. The company was first founded in 2018 and raised over $24 million from its most recent funding round in September.

The new hire is planning to use all of her experience to break down the traditional networking barriers, in a similar way that Bumble aimed to change the way that modern women date and socialise.

Lunchclub has grown its number of members by 1,500% in the past year as people used it to organise virtual chats while stuck at home. However, there might be concerns about a drop-off, like Clubhouse, as more traditional networking options open again.

Speaking about her time as part of Bumble’s early team, Cain Maclin told Forbes: “We took a very integrated approach and focused first and foremost on serving women and ensuring that, by serving women, we were also building a better community for everyone and more equitable, safe and healthy relationships.”

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Bumble’s Head of Product Lara Mendonça is leaving to take a role at Twitter.

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