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Combining social shopping rewards and personal finance apps, ex-Snap product gurus launch Meemo

Combining social shopping rewards and personal finance apps, ex-Snap product gurus launch Meemo After Wisam Dakka and André Madeira left Snap in 2018 the two longtime product developers and coders cast about for a new app to build.  Looking around they realized there was no financial product that spoke to the generation of consumers they’d […]

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Secret’s founder returns with anti-loneliness app Ikaria

Secret’s founder returns with anti-loneliness app Ikaria “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 million raised, 15 million users, and a spectacular flame out two years later, the startup was dead. “Since […]

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MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio

MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio 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 Livingston last week when he rebuffed earlier reports that the company would shut down amid an […]

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

Years after Evan Spiegel tried to buy Secret, its co-founder David Byttow joins Snap as director of engineering 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 hire is noteworthy because before Secret shut […]

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

Trill Project aims to be a safe community for people to express their true selves 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 combination of “true” and “real.” An investor described it to […]

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Snapchat almost acqhired anonymous app Secret

Snapchat almost acqhired anonymous app Secret  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. The information expands and clarifies a report from the new book about Snapchat’s origin story coming out next week […]

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

AWS launches a Secret region for the U.S. intelligence community  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 (that’s really its name) can run workloads up to the “secret” security classification level and […]

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Postmates acqhires Secret CEO David Byttow’s startup Bold

Postmates acqhires Secret CEO David Byttow’s startup Bold  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 their money, David Byttow went on to raise a $1 million seed round from Index to launch […]

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