Valerie Stark

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Valerie Stark
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Born1986 (age 32–33)
Moscow, Russia[1]
Known forCEO, Co-founder of Huggle

Valerie Stark (born 1986) is an entrepreneur and businesswoman. She is the co-founder and CEO of the mobile app Huggle.[3] Stark is also a board member at Bumble and an advisor to Badoo.[4]

Early life[edit]

Stark was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. At the age of 15, she began working as a secretary for a technology company. Stark studied interior design and paid for the education herself.[5]


Prior to founding Huggle, Stark blogged about gardening[6] and worked in a managerial position for one of the largest restaurant business in Moscow where she was known for her role in the company's European and UK expansion.[7] After moving to London from Moscow,[8] she found it hard to make friends and began using her familiarity with Instagram's geolocation feature to find people with common interests.[9] She met Stina Sanders using this technique and the two women eventually founded Huggle based around Stark's idea of connecting people who visit the same locations.[10] Stark is considered a feminist entrepreneur.[11] In 2018, she was named one of the Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in the UK to Watch in 2018 by About Time magazine.[12]


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  2. ^ Pantin, Laurel (14 June 2017). "The Floors in This Surrey Home Are Made of Actual Gold". Coveteur. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
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  5. ^ Валерия Бородина. "Клуб по интересам: как переехать в Лондон и создать приложение для знакомств" (in Russian). Forbes.
  6. ^ Cook, James (2 July 2016). "A New Survey Says Dating Apps Like Tinder Are Making People Self-Conscious". Business Insider. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  7. ^ Zimmerman, Kelsi (4 January 2017). "Stop Swiping and Start Connecting". Swaay. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
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  9. ^ Moloney, Aisling (11 September 2017). "What is Huggle? The Dating App Katie Price Has Been Told to Join". Metro. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
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  11. ^ Tamplin, Harley (14 February 2018). "Tech Feminist Has Banned Valentine's Day on Her Dating App". Metro. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  12. ^ Malin, Angelica. "Top 30: Female Entrepreneurs In The UK To Watch in 2018". About Time. Retrieved 19 March 2018.