In less than a month, Snapchat CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel will appear on the TechCrunch stage, talk about what it’s like to make one of the most popular photo apps in the world, and then disappear without a trace twenty minutes later.
But boy! It’s going to be a really interesting twenty minutes.
Spiegel has gone from being a student at Stanford University to creating a totally new form of social networking and messaging over the course of a couple years. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Snapchat is all the rage with the younger demographic, and it’s even catching on with the older crowd, with over 200 million messages per day flowing through the service.
The company recently landed an $80 million Series B at an $800 million valuation, and yet a monetization strategy still hasn’t been revealed (though I’ve posited about it many a time). But finally, Evan and I will get to sit down face-to-face to discuss his take on ephemeral messaging, building a household name out of nothing, and, well… life.
Spiegel, a first-time Disrupt speaker, will be taking the stage along with some Disrupt regulars like Marc Benioff and Marissa Mayer.
By the way, if you’re curious as to how Spiegel pulled off a Black and White photo in Snapchat (above), try googling “Snapchat secret features.”
Evan Spiegel studied Product Design at Stanford University while building Snapchat, a real-time picture messaging app. Snapchat users have shared over five billion unique images through the service since January 2012, making Snapchat one of the Top 10 apps in the iTunes AppStore.