Interview with Hey! VINA CEO Olivia Poole about her Tinder-style app for female friendships

When I was working on my dissertation, I was researching on all the platforms where I could meet women my age. I was looking for fashion and beauty opinions on a school assignment, but was surprised when I stumbled on this app called Hey! VINA. It’s sort of like Bumble BFF, but it’s so much more aesthetically pleasing with its pastel colors, and it allows women to connect after filling out detailed profiles about their interests. It also allows women to hold group events and gatherings, which can definitely take the pressure off of making friends. I spoke with the founder of the app, Olivia Poole, who gave me some insight behind the app and why women should embrace the support for one another.

Can you explain why you thought there was a need for the app? I launched Hey! VINA in 2016 because I knew firsthand how difficult it is to find friends as an adult. At the time, I had moved to San Francisco and I didn’t know anyone, let alone have an inner circle that I wanted (and needed) so badly. After starting a women’s only wine night series, Ladies Who Vino, I realized the power of bringing women together in a safe place. I created VINA to scale that experience out to the world! I decided that using a dating app like interface but with the sole intention of women’s friendship was the way to go, because I tried (and failed!) at messaging the other cool girls on other dating sites to be friends. The results proved that I was onto something—as VINA reached 100,000 downloads in its first week on the App Store.

What is your favorite feature of the app?
I love our personality quizzes! They help you see how people’s personalities fit into the equation of being a good match, plus they’re a lot of fun!

What advice would you give for someone who is going to be meeting their first VINA?
Remember that the vina you’re about to meet is here for the same exact reason as you! You both downloaded Hey! VINA for a reason and you’re here to make a connection and develop a friendship, so don’t be nervous because you’re both looking for the same things in life! You already have VINA in common, so just let the conversation build from there!

Can you explain how VINA is a bit different than Bumble BFF?
Our members say they love Hey! VINA because we’re exclusively focused on women’s friendship, so the platform is very feminine and designed with that sole goal in mind. They also love how we show so much more than photos, plus they love being able to host and attend plans created by other people in the community! Lastly, many of our members aren’t looking for dates, so they’re not comfortable having a dating app on their phones.

You can download the Hey! VINA here using Google Play or the Apple Store.

Girl’s Night Out Playlist

Cheers to the weekend. For today’s post, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite songs to listen to while I’m getting ready to go out. Before I get to the playlist, let me give a shout out to the Airtime app, which allows you to video chat with up to five other friends, and you can share music so everyone can sing songs together. Please check out the link, and see for yourself.

50 Cute Girls Night out Outfits and Ideas to adopt this year:
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Girl’s Night Out Playlist: 

  1. Cold Water ft. Justin Bieber and MØ- Major Lazer
  2. Bonfire – Felix Jaehn
  3. I wish (My Taylor Swift) – The Knocks
  4. Work ft. Drake – Rihanna
  5. One Dance ft. Kyla and Wizkid – Drake
  6. 2 On – Tinashe
  7. Loyal – Chris Brown
  8. 1 of 1 -Tyga
  9. Mamacita – Tinie Tempah
  10. Hymn for the Weekend – Coldplay
  11. Toothbrush -DNCE
  12. Dirty Talk – Wynter Gordon
  13. Panda – Desiigner
  14. Closer – The Chainsmokers
  15. Into You – Ariana Grande
  16. This Is What You Came For
  17. Cool Girl – Tove Lo
  18. All In My Head (Flex) – Fifth Harmony
  19. Me Too – Meghan Trainor
  20. Too Good – Drake ft. Rihanna
  21. Make Me – Britney Spears ft. G- Eazy
  22. Middle – DJ Snake ft. Bipolar Sunshine
  23. No Money – Galantis
  24. Light It Up – Major Lazer ft.  Nyla and Fuse ODG
  25. Perfect Strangers – Jonas Blue ft. JP Cooper
  26. Candyman – Zedd & Aloe Blacc
  27. I Wanna Know – Alesso ft. Nico & Vinz
  28. Back 2 U – Steve Aoki & Boehm ft. WALK THE MOON
  29. Gyal You A Party Animal – Charley Black
  30. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya