Amanda Bradford, The League

The League is a dating app focused on exclusivity: Unlike many apps that are open to all, The League carefully screens applicants and maintains a strict control on how many people are allowed in at once. It does this, founder and CEO Amanda Bradford says, because having the right community is even more important than growing quickly as a dating app. “My investors are like, ‘Wait, you’re kicking people out on a dating app, which is a product with high churn anyway? That’s crazy,’” she said. “But I’m like, ‘No, I know, but that’s how we build the community.’ Our model is a lower number of users, but higher quality users who will end up, ultimately, being willing to pay a premium for that curation and enforcement.”