June 7, 2023

“After I’m on the Bumble app, I introduce myself because the CFO of Bumble,” Anu Subramanian tells me of the courting app. “I’ve been married 18 years, so I’m positively not searching for anyone on Bumble,” Subramanian quips. “It’s fascinating to type of see folks’s experiences, and our folks give us nice suggestions on the app.”

All crew members on the firm want to make use of the Bumble app, Subramanian says. “If you happen to don’t wish to use the courting operate, we’ve got a BFF mode the place you’ll be able to lookup associates,” she says. “However you must understand how the app works as a result of in the end, that’s our bread and butter.”

Subramanian joined Bumble Inc. as finance chief in 2020, coming from Univision, the place she was a CFO main digital property that included its direct-to-consumer enterprise. She was additionally CFO of Vice Media’s digital division, and CFO of digital at Scripps Networks Interactive. Earlier in her profession, she labored in media funding banking at Citi.

I requested Subramanian what attracted her to finance. “My dad was a banker, and I used to be surrounded by lots of people that labored in enterprise and finance,” she says. Subramanian got here to the U.S. to earn her MBA. “I’ve lived within the U.S. greater than half of my life, however India is the place my roots are,” she says. “My mother and father nonetheless dwell there.”

Relating to her profession path, “I’ve spent a giant chunk of my profession on the intersection of media and know-how,” Subramanian says. “I’ve at all times been interested in companies which can be utilizing know-how to resolve an age-old drawback.” Bumble seeks to supply an answer for individuals who’ve been searching for love and companionship in all of the fallacious locations.

Bumble app income grew 25.9% to $194.3 million, and paying customers elevated 31% to 2.3 million, based on Bumble Inc.’s Q1 2023 earnings, reported on Might 4. There have been 98,000 paying customers added to the Bumble app, which resulted from sturdy progress in month-to-month energetic customers, in addition to will increase in payer penetration. The Badoo app, one other courting service beneath mum or dad firm Bumble Inc., and different income have been $49 million, down 13%. For the quarter, Bumble Inc. earned income of $243 million, up 16% yr over yr, and was on the excessive finish of the corporate’s steering vary.

Whitney Wolfe Herd based Bumble in 2014 and serves because the CEO. “Bumble’s energy in attracting feminine customers ought to assist them defend their market share towards rivals, as they differentiate themselves by empowering girls to make the primary transfer,” Nicholas Cauley, an analyst at Third Bridge mentioned earlier this month, Reuters reported.

Ladies making the primary transfer is “some of the distinctive options of the app,” Subramanian says.

Changing customers to paying prospects

Regardless of excessive inflation and rising rates of interest, persons are nonetheless investing to find a relationship. “The sector as a complete is continuous to develop,” Subramanian says.

Total progress in customers on the Bumble app is powerful, she says. However how do you exchange a consumer to a paying consumer? By optimizing the consumer journey, which is “truly an important a part of our job,” Subramanian says.

“At what level does somebody utilizing the app get a paywall?” she says. “How do you market your options to a free consumer? How do you concentrate on pricing in a distinct market?” Answering such questions applies to driving progress in paying customers, Subramanian says. “We focus closely on ensuring that product, advertising, and know-how groups come to the desk with their distinctive factors of view,” she says.

Including new options is one other technique to drive engagement. In one of many newest options, “compliments,” “what we name ‘message earlier than match’” customers can ship somebody a praise earlier than they resolve to attach, Subramanian says. “It’s a restricted variety of phrases which you could ship, and it needs to be optimistic,” she says. “We’re targeted on ensuring there’s security on the forefront of every thing we do.”

So, when she’s not working finance, what does she do in her downtime? Along with touring together with her husband and their youngsters (ages 5 and 11), “I like cooking and entertaining,” Subramanian tells me. “It offers me pleasure to make meals for folks and to have folks over.”

Fortunately with Bumble, she’ll by no means have a scarcity of BFFs to entertain.

Sheryl Estrada
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Massive deal

A brand new evaluation by S&P World Market Intelligence finds that personal fairness and enterprise capital corporations invested $370 million into streaming media firms worldwide in 2022, down 73% from $1.38 billion of investments in 2021. Throughout that interval, the variety of PE-backed transactions involving firms that present video streaming service, audio streaming, and tv exhibits decreased to 29 from 35. A report by Kagan, a media analysis group inside Market Intelligence, discovered that many streamers right this moment face progress and profitability challenges amid inflation and rising competitors. “Within the post-pandemic world, some subscription video-on-demand gamers now face buyer retention points and sometimes incur working losses,” based on the report.

Courtesy of S&P World Market Intelligence

Going deeper

A report by Accenture, “Reinventing Enterprise Operations,” discovered 73% of firms surveyed are prioritizing A.I. over all different digital investments. Roughly 90% of enterprise leaders surveyed are making use of A.I. to sort out features of operational resilience, which spans data-driven capabilities, resembling finance (89%) and provide chain (88%), to experimentation with generative A.I., based on the report. The findings assessed firms throughout six measures of operational maturity: A.I., information, processes, expertise, collaboration, and stakeholder experiences. The findings are primarily based on a survey of  1,700 executives, 72% of whom have been C-suite, throughout 12 nations and 15 industries. 

“All CEOs are beneath stress to digitize quicker, put extra resilience within the enterprise, and discover new pathways to progress,” Yusuf Tayob, group chief govt of Accenture Operations, mentioned in an announcement. “The suitable investments in know-how whereas advancing expertise, information and processes is what drives a brand new efficiency frontier.”


Terry Coelho was named CFO at Gamida Cell Ltd. (Nasdaq: GMDA), a cell remedy firm, efficient instantly. Shai Lankry, who has served as the corporate’s CFO for the previous 5 years, stepped down on Might 22 and can depart the corporate on June 2. The transition is a part of a deliberate management change first shared with the investor group in August 2022. She most not too long ago served as EVP, CFO, and chief enterprise improvement officer at CinCor Pharma, Inc. Coelho’s expertise additionally consists of serving as EVP and CFO at BioDelivery Sciences Worldwide, Inc., and as CFO at Balchem Company and Diversey, Inc. She held a collection of senior monetary and govt roles at Sealed Air Company, Mars, Inc., and Novartis Prescribed drugs.

Walter Jankovic was named CFO at Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT), efficient instantly. Jankovic brings over 30 years of govt expertise. He was most not too long ago SVP and basic supervisor of the datacom enterprise unit at Lumentum. Earlier than that, he served as president of optical connectivity at Oclaro, Inc. Beforehand, Jankovic served in a number of senior finance and management roles throughout his 13-year tenure at Celestica Inc., together with VP of finance for varied enterprise segments; SVP of communications and web service supplier markets; and, most not too long ago, SVP of superior industrial and well being tech markets.


“We estimate that is an $800 billion market alternative over the subsequent decade as this A.I. Recreation of Thrones performs out throughout the enterprise and client tech area.”

—Dan Ives, a tech analyst at Wedbush, wrote in a analysis observe on Sunday, referencing the full addressable marketplace for synthetic intelligence. The A.I. increase has helped tech shares mount a turnaround this yr—and Ives believes it’s nonetheless within the early innings, Fortune reported.