Amanda Bradford

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Amanda Bradford
Fremont, California
🏡 ResidenceSan Francisco, California
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materCarnegie Mellon University, Stanford Graduate School of Business
💼 Occupation
Founder and CEO of The League
📆 Years active  2007–present

Amanda Bradford (born 1984) is an American entrepreneur, and the founder and chief executive officer of the dating app The League.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Bradford grew up outside of Austin, Texas.[2] Her family moved to North Carolina when she was 13.[3]

She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, with a bachelor of science in information systems, and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2014.[4][5] While there, she spent nine months as an intern at venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, where she was one of the few women.[6][7][8]


Early career[edit]

After graduating from the university, Bradford worked at Salesforce for three years as a sales engineer and account executive, before joining Google in 2010, where she worked in business development.[1][9][10]

The League[edit]

In 2014, Bradford was in the process of completing her MBA, and as her five-year relationship came to an end she became frustrated with her online dating experience.[11][6][5] Feeling that the chances of finding a match were higher in a pool of people with shared experiences, she set out to create a carefully curated and selective dating app, to help ambitious, career-oriented professionals meet one another.[12][13] She aimed to assemble a diverse group of singles from business, academic, medical and nonprofit fields.[1][14] She was admitted to the Stanford Venture Studio to develop the idea.[4]

The League launched in San Francisco in November 2014.[12] In early 2015, Bradford raised $2.1 million in seed money from venture investors.[15] The app has faced media criticism for being elitist and exclusive.[12] Bradford has defended it as an app where women who prioritize education and professional success can find their equal, writing an op-ed titled “I’m Not An Elitist, I’m Just An Alpha Female”.[6][16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Bradford lives in San Francisco, California.[18]

See also[edit]

  • The League (app)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Haber, Matt (2015). "The League, a Dating App for Would-Be Power Couples". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  2. Bogna, John (June 22, 2017). "The League Comes to Houston: A Most Exclusive Club That May Not Want You As a Member". Houston Press. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  3. Chappet, Marie-Claire (2017-05-22). "The League: welcome to the exclusive world of elite online dating". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Baron, Ethan (September 18, 2014). "Do you really need a Stanford MBA to launch a dating app?". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Zipkin, Nina (2017-09-28). "This Successful Entrepreneur Explains Why You Shouldn't Put Time Limits on Creativity". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Ferrie, Elizabeth (November 9, 2017). "HALB talks dating apps with founder and CEO of "The League" - Harvard Law Today". Harvard Law Today. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  7. Shontell, Alyson (January 22, 2015). "Here's What It Takes To Join The Tinder For Elites". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  8. Gottesman, Matt (2016-06-15). "Ep. 46 – Amanda Bradford – CEO & Founder of the League App - Hustle & Deal Flow™". Hustle & Deal Flow™. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  9. "Exclusive: 'Where can I buy?' – Google makes push to turn product searches into cash". MBS Post. Reuters. March 19, 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  10. Sevier, Paige (2015-11-01). "Amanda Bradford Interview - The Alpha Female". Outlier Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  11. Mondon, Marielle (2017-06-13). "Members-only dating app The League launches in Philly today. Are you worthy?". PhillyVoice. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Manzhos, Mariya (October 17, 2016). "To use The League, a new dating app, you'll need an invitation - The Boston Globe". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  13. Pinney, Amanda (2017-07-06). "A New League of Daters - Austin Woman Magazine". Austin Woman Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  14. Shontell, Alyson (January 22, 2015). "Here's What It Takes To Join The Tinder For Elites". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  15. Shieber, Jonathan (January 22, 2015). "Investors Join Dating App The League With $2.1 Million Seed Round – TechCrunch". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  16. News, ABC (March 10, 2015). "Video: Controversial New Dating App Is for Singles with High Standards". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  17. Bradford, Amanda (October 20, 2015). "I'm Not An Elitist, I'm Just An Alpha Female". LinkedIn.
  18. "My Way: 11 Things That Fuel My Ambition". Success Magazine. November 11, 2017. Retrieved 2018-03-15.

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