They can apply via the app, or they can be scouted by Bradford or one of her ambassadors — “They’re kind of like bouncers,” she says — who pick up eligible singles while out on the town.Women must be between the ages of 22 and 38; men, between 24 and 44.Following Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe’s dramatic departure—she sued the company for sexual harassment and published her text conversations with fellow co-founder Justin Mateen as evidence—the 26-year-old hasn’t retreated from the online dating space. communities a priority, though it has yet to introduce any particularly innovative features to that end. about what inspired Bumble, what it’s like to date as a millennial, and what is yet to come in the business of digital romance.In fact she‘s set out to remake the entire premise. Bumble is a free app, though Wolfe said the company is looking at ways to monetize its user base. If you tell anyone the very basics—girl co-founds Tinder, girl leaves, now she starts Bumble, where only girls can talk first—its very easy to interpret that how you will.“So we expedited him.” After all, in the League, square footage is currency — as is a loaded résumé.Thirty-seven percent of New York Leaguers have graduate degrees, 13 percent are CEOs or founders, and 56 percent have attended what Bradford refers to as “highly selective” schools (i.e., “Ivy League, plus,” she says, of the 40 schools, including the gatekeeper’s undergraduate alma mater, Carnegie Mellon, that made the cut).So give them a couple years to grow and get some beer pong out of their system . “We try to remove duck faces, shirtless selfies, any party pic where you’re doing a keg stand,” says Bradford, who is single.“We tried to make it feel a little higher-class.” The standards don’t stop there. She’s already ousted one guy for calling a girl a “midget,” another for standing up a date and yet another for asking a girl to perform a sexual act. But for Bradford, whose motto is “Heavy petting is greater than heavy vetting,” it’s all worth the extra legwork.
“So people thought, ‘Well, Stanford put their approval on me and Stanford put their approval on you, so we should get together.’ We wanted to mimic that digitally.” So, how do you get in? Singles can be referred by current users, which bumps them to the top of the wait list and increases their chance of admittance.
“I regret doing it,” says Shultz, a Dickinson grad whose cheekbones could slice an apple. “[It’s] just a more curated group of people geared towards our demographic, which is 20s and 30s and, you know, who come from a good family,” Shultz says of the ultra-exclusive dating app, which provides users with just five matches a day. “I do think the concept of exclusive, invite-only, hard-to-get-into, wait-in lines — it’s very New York,” says Bradford, 30, whose company weeds out the hoi polloi from the hoity-toity.
(The app, which is free, even boasts a concierge service that doles out dating tips and feedback.) “I think it’s a good fit for the mentality here.” Since the app launched, she has been inundated with pleas from the public.
What he’s looking for: “I have a tough time relating to women who work in finance.
They’re just doing it for the money and they’re not happy, and it just reflects on what they want in life.” School: Trinity for undergrad; Babson for business school Job: Currently in development stage of two different startups, including a beauty/lifestyle app Notable achievements: “I’ve taught two different girlfriends how to snowboard. there’s not as much noise.” School: UCLA Job: Actress and dating blogger Notable achievements: Has written a book based on her successful dating blog, “40 Dates & 40 Nights,” out in December What she’s looking for: “I don’t need them to be successful yet, necessarily, although I would really like them to be .