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“I don’t feel good about that. That sucks,” Chrys Bader-Wechseler reflects when asked about the bullying that went down on the anonymous app Secret he co-founded in 2013. After $35…

Secret’s founder returns with anti-loneliness app Ikaria

Popular messaging app Kik is, indeed, “here to stay” following an acquisition by the Los Angeles-based multimedia holding company, MediaLab. It echoes the same message from Kik’s chief executive Tim…

MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio

There’s a new teen app sensation. Anonymous question-asking app YOLO has rocketed to the #1 US app position just a week after launching thanks to Snapchat. Built on top of…

#1 app YOLO Q&A is the Snapchat platform’s 1st hit

David Byttow, co-founder of Secret, the defunct anonymous social network that once gained notoriety for serving as the tech industry’s burn book, announced today that he will join Snap. The…

Years after Evan Spiegel tried to buy Secret, its co-founder David Byttow joins Snap as director of engineering

Trill Project, founded by three high school girls, recently launched out of private beta to help people safely express themselves online. For those unfamiliar with the word “trill,” it’s a…

Trill Project aims to be a safe community for people to express their true selves

Evan Spiegel secretly tried to hire away the team at Secret, but the price was too high. That’s according to three sources familiar with the deal who spoke to TechCrunch.…

Snapchat almost acqui-hired anonymous app Secret

Amazon today announced that its AWS cloud computing service now offers a new region that’s specifically designed for the workloads of the U.S. intelligence community. This new AWS Secret Region…

AWS launches a Secret region for the U.S. intelligence community

MrOwl is a new app by Arvind and Becky Raichur that lets you store, sort, and share data. What kind of data? All of it. The app is what would…

MrOwl wants to be your new sharing platform

Remember Whisper, the anonymous chat app? It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from the company, but it’s still around and has recently lost a bunch of high-profile board…

Every board member of anonymous app Whisper has reportedly stepped down

The founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most famous flameouts, anonymous social app Secret, is the new product lead for Postmates’ app. After Secret shut down and gave investors back…

Postmates acqhires Secret CEO David Byttow’s startup Bold

Secret co-founder David Byttow said his shuttered startup would make a return of sorts, tweeting as much in November. Byttow launched the revived anonymous publishing app as IO on Thursday…

Secret founder returns to anonymous publishing with launch of IO
Media & Entertainment

Secret is coming back

8:43 pm PST • November 12, 2016

Secret, the anonymous sharing app developed by David Byttow and Chrys Bader-Wechseler, looks to be on its way to resurrection. The app was part of a wave of anonymous apps…

Secret is coming back

Anonymity has proven a dangerous path for startups like Secret, so Yik Yak is pushing a soft pivot towards connection with people close by. You can still share anonymous quips…

Yik Yak yearns to be local, not just anonymous

David Byttow learned just how much goes unsaid inside companies while he was running Secret. Blasting private information out publicly causes harassment, which led Secret to flame out and give…

Secret’s founder returns with Bold, a Medium for enterprise

Is Yik Yak a thing anymore? Not so much, according to download stats, traffic charts, surveys and a source that says the college app’s monthly user count has been declining.…

Yik Yak’s CTO drops out as the hyped anonymous app stagnates

Though his last startup flamed out, Secret co-founder David Byttow is ready to take another shot alongside former Secret designer Ben Lee. TechCrunch has learned the new startup will be…

Secret Co-Founder David Byttow Preps New Enterprise Startup After Stint At Medium

From Tesla’s Powerwall to Microsoft Build, here are the top stories from the past week.

11 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

By now, the outrage machine is in full bore over the shutdown of Valley darling Secret. The once high-flying app, which allowed you to anonymously share details with your friends…

The Secret About Rich Founders And Ferraris
Startups

Secret Shuts Down

11:57 am PDT • April 29, 2015

[Update: Secret has confirmed it will shut down and give investors back their money] Anonymous sharing app Secret will shut down soon, according to sources close to the company. The…

Secret Shuts Down

This column is my 100th for TechCrunch. Although I write weekly, I like to think that each post ages me roughly one year, or at least doubles Uber’s valuation (you’re…

Flappy Bird, The Problem With Everyone, And My Baptism By Chauffeured Bus

Secret Inc. — makers of the”anonymish” app Secret, which lets users post notes to friends, friends-of-friends, or those in their vicinity without revealing their identities — crashed through the highs and lows…

Secret Is Working On New Apps, Won’t Shut Down Original Product

Which panel at this conference isn’t boring? Where’s the after-party?  Your friends and followers around the world probably don’t know or care. But people nearby might, and Secret wants to connect…

Secret Wants To Be The Stream Of Consciousness For Live Events, Starting With CES

Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead? These questions come…

Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them

New Secret Is A Shameless Clone Of Yik Yak

1:37 pm PST • December 18, 2014

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New Secret Is A Shameless Clone Of Yik Yak

Secret has a new update out for Android, with an iOS equivalent arriving sometime next week. The app changes include the addition of Flickr image search, which requires the “exchange”…

Secret Update Removes Photo Library Access As It Faces Renewed Claims It Isn’t So Anonymous

A court in Brazil has ruled (via UOL) that Apple and Google must remove Secret, the anonymous social networking app, from their mobile software stores – and also from user…

Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

Secret, the app that lets users share notes with others without revealing their identity, has attracted a lot of controversy (or celebration, depending on who you are) for how it…

Anonymish App Secret Has Raised Another $25M, Adds Facebook Login And Collections

Apparently secrets are better if you share them with those closest to you — geographically. As anonymous social networks proliferate, they’re increasingly turning to location-based features as a way to…

Anonymous Social Messaging Discovers That Location Matters

I can’t recall the exact wording on the short-lived post that found its way into my personal feed on Secret, the anonymish sharing app, the other day. But the illustrative…

Are Secret’s Raging Hormones A Problem Or An Opportunity?

No more “I love my wife” or “I love my husband” posts from Montana for those of us using Secret on iOS. iPhone users can finally separate the hum-drum secrets…

Secret Finally Lets All Your Freaky Friends Have Their Own Feeds