Author: Andrew Nusca
Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Bumble, a dating app that requires women to initiate a match rather than men, had a great support network when she was getting her young company off the ground. Her business partner was supportive. Her now husband was, too. So were early employees and her immediate family.
“Outside of that, I was a crazy person,” said Herd, who also co-founded the popular “swipe right” dating app Tinder. “According to the Internet, according to most people I went to school with. That’s good. And that’s healthy.”
Speaking at the 2017 Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif., Herd urged budding entrepreneurs in the room to convert criticism that isn’t constructive into motivation to move forward.
“If people are telling you that they don’t believe what you’re doing, that means you’re doing something out of their comfort zone. And generally, people don’t want to be taken out of their comfort zone because it’s outside of the status quo,” she said. “If you’re doing anything disruptive, and if you know it to be good and true and progressive, let the naysayers fuel you to work harder and go faster and sleep less. Well, take care of yourself, but you know what I mean.”
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