Whitney Wolfe is the founder and CEO of the hit social dating application, Bumble. Bumble has risen to prominence over the past year as one of the top dating apps on the market thanks to its unique, feminist first, driven approach to matching up potential dating partners.
Whitney Wolfe has pushed hard ever since leaving Tinder, a company she co-founded, in order to bring something new and exciting to the market. Now, Wolfe is taking her property to the next level by renting out a pop up Bumble stop in New York City.
The pop up shop for Bumble will be on a month to month lease and Wolfe is already hinting that it could stick around longer if the concept is well received. The pop up shop will be called the Hive and it will be focused on providing a hub of conversation and relaxation for Bumble users who want to hang out and relax in a comfortable environment. The Hive is elaborately decorated and Whitney Wolfe is clearly focused on developing a brand and a community with this project. On location visitors will be able to buy food and drink from a Bumble coffee shop as well as listen to professional talks from entrepreneurs if they so desire.
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This is a revolutionary and innovative step forward for what has been one of our favorite and most exciting dating applications to keep an eye on. Over the first six months of Bumble’s lifespan the company saw nearly half of a million users sign up. Those users are sending upwards of 200,000 messages every single day while the company itself experiences incredible growth — 15% jumps in user registration every single week. It’s pretty simple to see that Whitney Wolfe and the rest of the team at Bumble have been making good on their promise to bring something special to market.
Whitney Wolfe’s decision to develop Bumble after leaving Tinder surprised many people. However, it’s only been made all the clearer that she knows what she is doing. Wolfe’s singleminded focus on developing Bumble BFF into an industry juggernaut is palpable to see.
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Sheldon Lavin already had a career in banking when he decided to come from being an ‘outsider’ in the meat supplying business to a globally-renowned powerhouse. He began financing a meat supply company called Otto & Sons that provided meat to the McDonalds corporation in the early 1970s.
By 1975, Sheldon Lavin had become far more invested in Otto & Sons, and the company began to look at overseas investments. He accepted the position of partner in the enterprise when the father retired. In the late 1970s, Otto and Sons underwent a name change to OSI, and McDonald’s asked Mr. Lavin to come on board full-time. For the next 20 years, OSI Group continued to expand, and when one of the partners quit, Sheldon Lavin bought his share of the company, bringing his total shares to over 50 percent. Mr. Lavin maintained these shares until 13 years ago when the last partner retired, and he bought his shares bringing Mr. Sheldon Lavin’s total shares to 100 percent.
Education and Work Background
Sheldon Lavin started his career in the investing and banking industry. He went on to open his investment firm, which he ran very successfully for years. He initially got involved in the meat supplying business by being asked to provide investment information and financing to Otto & Sons, a meat providing business out of Chicago, Illinois. He took on more and more responsibility before officially becoming a partner in the corporation years later. Mr. Lavin has a long history of philanthropy work, and is known for either working with these groups or serving on the boards:
• Ronald McDonald House Charities
• President and Director of The Sheba Foundation, a family charitable foundation
• Board member of the Goodman Theatre
• Board member of Rush University Medical Center
Globe of Honor
OSI Group has won multiple awards since Mr. Lavin has taken over as CEO. OSI Group has been the recipient of the Globe of Honor by the British Safety Council in 2013, 2015, and 2016. This award is given to companies who exceed expectations in environmental management.
OSI Group and Sheldon Lavin have been changing the way the world does meat processing, and they will continue to do so for years to come.
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