Amid a pandemic that has kept much of the world at home for the past 18 months, meeting and dating strangers might seem the last thing most people would want to do.
But even the coronovirus has not been able to slow down Austin-based dating app company Bumble.
During the pandemic, Bumble has continued its remarkable growth. Over the past year and a half, Bumble has added features, seen its customer base jump to more than 100 million users — with more of them than ever before willing to pay for the company’s services — and even went public with a $2.15 billion initial offering of stock, the biggest in Austin history. Bumble, which operates the apps Bumble and Badoo, has more than 40 million monthly users and more than 2.9 million paying users in more than 150 countries.
The company’s namesake app works similarly to dating apps like Tinder,