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Dating app Bumble in talks for first round of VC funding

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Bumble, the female-first dating app, is in talks to raise what would be its first round of traditional VC funding, Axios has learned from multiple sources.

Details: One potential investor is said to be Accel Growth. Bumble is controlled by a U.K.-based company called Badoo, which we're told originally sought the funding before VCs expressed more interest in Bumble specifically. No comment from Bumble or Accel.

Editor's note: The story has been corrected to show that Badoo is based in the U.K. (not Russia).

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