Spectacles (product)

The successful development and launch of this minimum-viable product led to the company being noticed by Snapchat, which quietly acquired them, bringing them in-house to develop a similar but much more powerful and refined eyewear product for Snapchat. On October 2015, a video leaked online showed an early version of the new glasses, dubbed "Spectacles". Furthermore, news outlets reported employee hirings from companies such as from Microsoft, Nokia and Qualcomm and Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel was seen wearing the prototype in public according to a report by Business Insider in June. After Snapchat Inc.'

Social media

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Some of the most popular social media websites, with over 100 million registered users, include Facebook (and its associated Facebook Messenger), Instagram, Google+, Myspace, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, Viber, VK, WeChat, Weibo, Baidu Tieba, and Wikia. Observers have noted a range of positive and negative impacts of social media use. Social media can help to improve an individual's sense of connectedness with real or online communities, and can be an effective communication (or marketing) tool for corporations, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, political parties, and governments.


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Facebook used the company's Onavo Protect virtual private network (VPN) app to collect information on its users' web traffic and app usage, which informed Facebook's decision to acquire WhatsApp, and allowed Facebook to monitor the performance of its competitors, including Snapchat. Media outlets classified Onavo Protect as spyware. In August 2018, Facebook removed Onavo Protect from the iOS App Store in response to pressure from Apple, who asserted that it violated their guidelines.


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He also told the publication that Snapchat "didn't have filters, originally. They adopted filters because Instagram had filters and a lot of others were trying to adopt filters as well." Following Emily White's appointment to the position of Director of Business Operations in April 2013, she stated in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September 2013 that the company should be ready to begin selling advertising by September 2014 as a way to generate business from a popular entity that had not yet created profit for its parent company. White left Instagram, however, in December 2013, to join Snapchat.

Stanford University

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Leland Stanford Junior University (often referred to as Stanford University or simply Stanford) is an American private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top universities.

Lightspeed Venture Partners

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Notable participants of Lightspeed's Fellowship program include Ben Silberman, Founder and CEO of Pinterest and Bobby Murphy, Founder and CTO of Snapchat. Lightspeed Venture Partners (Company website). Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog (Medium) (Company blog).


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Epiphany Eyewear - smartglasses developed by Vergence Labs, a subsidiary of Snap Inc. Epson Moverio BT-300 and Moverio Pro BT-2000/2200 – augmented reality smartglasses by Epson. EyeTap – eye-mounted camera and head-up display (HUD). Focals by North - custom-built smart glasses with a holographic display only you can see. Focals let you see and respond to texts, get turn-by-turn directions, check the weather, request an Uber, talk to Amazon Alexa and more. Microsoft HoloLens - a pair of mixed reality smartglasses with high-definition 3D optical head-mounted display and spatial sound developed and manufactured by Microsoft, using the Windows Holographic platform.

Benchmark (venture capital firm)

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By February 2013, Snapchat confirmed a $13.5 million Series A funding round led by Benchmark Capital, which valued the company at between $60 million and $70 million. Beyond the two founders, the two biggest shareholders for the planned early 2017 Snap IPO were Benchmark and Lightspeed Venture Partners, both prior Snap investors and venture-capital firms from Silicon Valley. They held a combined stake of about 20%. * CrunchBase Profile


Technology ("science of craft", from Greek τέχνη, techne, "art, skill, cunning of hand"; and -λογία, -logia ) is the collection of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, and the like, or it can be embedded in machines to allow for operation without detailed knowledge of their workings. Systems (e. g. machines) applying technology by taking an input, changing it according to the system's use, and then producing an outcome are referred to as technology systems or technological systems.

Federal Trade Commission

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. Its principal mission is the promotion of consumer protection and the elimination and prevention of anticompetitive business practices, such as coercive monopoly. It is headquartered in the Federal Trade Commission Building in Washington, D.C.

The Wall Street Journal

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The Wall Street Journal is a U.S. business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City. The Journal, along with its Asian and European editions, is published six days a week by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corp. The newspaper is published in the broadsheet format and online. The Journal has been printed continuously since its inception on July 8, 1889, by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser.

Alibaba Group

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Alibaba Group Holding Limited is a Chinese multinational conglomerate specializing in e-commerce, retail, Internet and technology. Founded April 4, 1999, the company provides consumer-to-consumer (C2C), business-to-consumer (B2C),and business-to-business (B2B) sales services via web portals, as well as electronic payment services, shopping search engines and cloud computing services. It owns and operates a diverse array of businesses around the world in numerous sectors, and is named as one of the world's most admired companies by Fortune.

Timeline of Instagram

Timeline of Snapchat. Timeline of Twitter. Timeline of Facebook. Timeline of social media.


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TechCrunch is an American online publisher of technology industry news founded in 2005 by Archimedes Ventures whose partners were Michael Arrington and Keith Teare. It reports on the business of tech, tech news, analysis of emerging trends in tech, and profiling of new tech businesses and products.

Institutional Venture Partners

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In 2013, IVP invested in AppDynamics, Ayasdi, Datalogix (Oracle acquired Datalogix for $1.2 billion in January 2015 ), Dataminr, Dropcam that was later acquired by Nest in 2014, OnDeck Capital (OnDeck went public in December 2015 ), Oportun, Pure Storage (Pure Storage went public in October 2015 ), Snapchat, Supercell (Softbank and GungHo acquired a 51% interest in Supercell in October 2013 at a $3.1 billion valuation ) and TuneIn.

Coatue Management

Some of its notable investments include Lyft, Box.com, jet.com, Uber, and Snapchat.

List of Internet entrepreneurs

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An Internet entrepreneur is an owner, founder or manager of an Internet based business. This list includes Internet company founders, and people brought on to companies for their entrepreneurship skills, not simply for their general business or accounting acumen, as is the case with some CEOs hired by companies started by entrepreneurs.

Nick Bell (businessman)

Nick Bell (born 17 December 1983) is an English businessman and former vice president of content at Snap Inc., parent company of Snapchat, where he reported directly to CEO Evan Spiegel. Prior to Snap, Bell was Senior Vice President of Digital at News Corporation. He is known for his entrepreneurial ventures, having setting up a group of websites during the dot com boom of the late nineties and earning almost a million pounds from the sale of Teenfront.com at the age of 16. His later ventures included a sunbed and spray tanning company inside Tesco stores and an audiovisual equipment company.

42 (school)

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The School has been endorsed by many high-profile people in Silicon Valley including Evan Spiegel the co-founder and CEO of Snap Inc., Keyvon Beykpour the co-founder and CEO of Periscope, Stewart Butterfield the co-founder and CEO of Slack, Brian Chesky the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, Tony Fadell the founder and CEO of Nest Labs, Jack Dorsey the co-Founder and CEO of Twitter, Paul Graham, venture capitalist and co-Founder of Y Combinator, Bill Gurley venture capitalist and general partner at Benchmark. The school is a non-profit organization and is entirely free, being funded by billionaire Xavier Niel with hundreds of millions of dollars.

List of companies founded by Stanford University alumni

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This is a list of companies founded by Stanford University alumni, including attendees who enrolled in degree-programs at Stanford but did not eventually graduate. This list is not exhaustive, as it only includes notable companies of which the founding and development history is well recorded by reliable sources. In particular, subsidiaries are listed with their owners in parentheses.

David Byttow

In October 2018, he joined Snap as its director of engineering. Byttow has taken significant interest in Snapchat since 2014 when he met Evan Spiegel and tried to take Secret in a similar direction as the platform. Secret (app). Anonymous social media.


As of March 2016, Bitstrips has been operating as a subsidiary of Snap Inc. Bitmoji was integrated into Snapchat in July 2016. Bitstrips Inc. was founded in 2007 by Jacob Blackstock, David Kennedy, Shahan Panth, Dorian Baldwin, and Jesse Brown. The company's web application, Bitstrips.com, allowed users to create comic strips using personalized avatars, and preset templates and poses. Brown and Blackstock explained that the service was meant to enable self-expression without the need to have artistic skills. Bitstrips was first presented in 2008 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and the service later piloted and launched a version designed for use as educational software.

Timeline of social media

Timeline of Snapchat. Timeline of Twitter.


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In late November 2018, YouTube announced that it would introduce a "Story" feature, similar to ones used by Snapchat and Instagram, which would allow its content creators to engage fans without posting a full video. The stories, called "Reels," would be up to 30 seconds in length and would allow users to add "filters, music, text and more, including new "YouTube-y" stickers." Unlike those of other platforms, YouTube's stories could be made multiple times and would not expire. Instead of being placed at the top of the user interface as is commonly done, the "Reels" option would be featured as a separate tab on the creator's channel.

Epiphany Eyewear

Snap Inc. acquired Vergence Labs, Inc. and its subsidiary Epiphany Eyewear. Vergence Labs, Inc., the stockholders and Vergence Labs’ CEO Erick Miller as the stockholders’ agent, approved the stock purchase agreement and Vergence Labs, Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Snapchat in early 2014. Epiphany Eyewear were developed by Vergence Labs Co-Founder & CEO Erick Miller; Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer Jon Rodriguez, a former Facebook Engineer Peter Brook, Product Designer David Meisenholder who designed the GL-20 Polaroid video glasses for Lady Gaga, and a former Lenovo Global Product Marketing Manager Cory Grenier. * Smartglasses