Sarah Jones Simmer is an executive, investor, advisor and board member. In Sept 2021, she joined Found as CEO, with a mission to make evidence-based, sustainable weight care accessible for all. Prior to that, she was an executive at Bumble, the women-first social networking app for 4 years. From 2017-2020, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the Bumble app, where she was responsible for core strategy, international growth, marketing initiatives, and business operations, as well as the expansion of Bumble’s rapidly growing team.
Following Bumble’s acquisition by global private equity leader Blackstone in 2019, and the subsequent merger of Bumble with its former parent company, MagicLab, Simmer was named group Chief Strategy Officer of the newly re-branded Bumble Inc (parent company of Bumble and Badoo) in Oct 2020, and in that role, quarterbacked the IPO readiness process leading up to Bumble's Feb 2021 IPO. Following Bumble's IPO, she stepped back from her full-time role but continues to support Bumble as a Senior Advisor.
Simmer also led the investment strategy for the Bumble Fund, Bumble's early stage investing vehicle launched in 2018, focused on the next generation of women-led businesses.
She has spent her career investing in, consulting for, and operating businesses, always with a focus on mission-driven brands and in support of visionary founders meeting real market needs. She started her career analyzing equities and market conditions at a Los Angeles-based hedge fund with ~$5bn AUM, and later moved into strategy consulting, with a focus on the intersection of business growth and social change. In that role, she advised clients from established luxury brands (Gucci, Clinique) to startups (23andMe, hint water), as well as high-net-worth individuals and celebrities, on a range of philanthropic and social good initiatives. Immediately prior to her tenure at Bumble, she was the head of business development, interim CFO, and a member of the executive team at a venture-backed, vertically-integrated consumer brand focused on sustainable beauty.
Simmer has spoken at Dreamforce, SXSW, Techcrunch Disrupt, Traction, the Global Partnership for Education, and UN special sessions on topics ranging from venture investing to girls’ and women’s rights to the future of ethical business, and the challenges and opportunities of scaling rapid growth businesses.
She has a Masters’ in Public Policy from Northwestern University. She used to run marathons and has completed an Ironman, but now spends her out of work time raising two young daughters.
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