Kik

Kik launches beta product after $100 million ICO

Kik made waves last year after a successful $100 million ICO. Now the company has released its first beta product related to its Kin token. Called Kinit, it’s a simple wallet that enables users

Some VCs want to jump into ICOs, but a host of challenges remain

Venture capitalists are in a pickle. Companies have raised more than $1.7 billion through initial coin offerings, or ICOs, this year by selling their own customized virtual currencies. For the compani

Kik raises nearly $100M in highest profile ICO to date

The highest profile ICOs from a consumer internet company to date has come to a close after messaging app Kik raised nearly $100 million from its token sale. The exact amount is 168,732 ETH —

Kik could pave the way for more mainstream tech company ICOs

ICOs have barely touched mainstream tech companies. But that all changes this week as Kik begins selling its Kin token in an ICO targeted at raising $125 million. The sale bucks ICO trends, and it cou

Chat app Kik to raise $125M through an ICO in September

Messaging app company Kik has revealed that it plans to raise $125 million via its ICO. The company first announced the plan to hold a token sale in May, taking advantage of a rush of investment based

While investment firms ponder ICOs, this team is barreling ahead with a $100 million ICO fund

Most investors are trying to get a handle on initial coin offerings, which have begun racing through the tech ecosystem like a fire, causing excitement and confusion and some degree of terror. One San

Kik CEO explains why its doing an ICO instead of venture fundraising

Ted Livingston, CEO of messaging app Kik, spoke on stage at TechCrunch’s event in Shenzhen, China on Tuesday. Moderator Jon Russell asked him about why the company is doing an initial coin offe

Chat app Kik takes on Facebook with developer ecosystem built on the blockchain

There’s been much talk of ICOs — initial coin offerings — amid the rising value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum. Now the industry is about to see its first &#82

Payments are all that’s needed for chatbots to deliver on their promise, says Kik CEO

After the initial hype, chatbots have been written off by many in the tech industry for failing to deliver on their promise. But one of the leading figures behind the early charge believes one missin

Kik snaps up video chat app maker Rounds for a reported $60-$80 million

Messaging company Kik has made its second major acquisition after it scooped up Israel-based mobile video app maker Rounds in an undisclosed deal. Though neither side is giving a price, you would imag

Kik adds group video chat to its messaging app

Kik, the chat app that's hugely popular with teens and young people in North America, is finally adding video chat to its service. Video with a twist, that is.

Microsoft officially outs another AI chatbot, called Zo

What are chatbots for? I asked Zo, Microsoft's officially launched chatbot, currently available on the Kik Messenger app, what she does -- and she was remarkably coy in answering this question, initia

How legacy brands and retailers can keep up with our tech-driven world

The U.S. apparel industry is currently valued at $12 billion, and with the high number of dollars pouring into the retail economy, brands are looking to technology to foster deeper connections with co

The new paradigm for human-bot communication

Chatbots offer the promise of frictionless access to goods, services and information, but creating effective bots can be deceptively tricky. The flip side of the opportunity to interact with users in

Kik users have exchanged over 1.8 billion messages with the platform’s 20,000 chatbots

After a few months of testing the waters, Kik is still bullish on chatbots and has quite a few reasons to be. Just last May at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, Kik CEO Ted Livingston divulged that develop

High-tech updates to the retail experience

Once upon a time the milkman delivered milk directly to your home. The Avon and Tupperware ladies had private parties in the comfort of a neighbor’s house. The Hoover salesperson demonstrated the va

MAUs be damned: Kik proposes new user engagement metrics for chat apps

Gauging your app via the number of monthly active users is dubious at best. When it comes to daily use apps, such as messaging services or social networks, that data point is all the less illustrative

Toronto is poised to become the next great producer of tech startups

I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Toronto and learned there’s more to this city than Drake calling it home and the recent successes of their professional sports teams. We made one investment the

Kik already has over 6,000 bots reaching 300 million registered users

Messenger and WhatsApp may be the 800-pound gorillas in the chat space thanks to Facebook's significant reach, but Waterloo-based Kik is rapidly building a young, dedicated audience of users that are

Chat app Kik launches a bot store and anyone can make bots for it

It seems like barely a day passes without some notable mention of chat bots in the tech industry. Now one of North America's most used chat apps has jumped on the wagon after Kik, the billion dollar m
Load More