Snappy Chattery about Snapchat

Entrepreneurs and industry experts view on Snapchat

“I’d like to create a space for people who have a lot of talent but not a lot of reach,” Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snapchat once said. The messaging application he created with Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown lets users take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and share these creations with a select few.

“Traditional social media, in the view of our company, has become a bit repetitive,” Spiegel observed. “It doesn’t feel very good to be marketed to by your friends. Snapchat is different because it says, look, friends aren’t valuable to you just because they can get you into a cool party.”shutterstock_268187840

The mobile mogul was also quoted, explaining, “What Snapchat said was if we try to model conversations as they occur, they’re largely ephemeral. We may try to write down and save the really special moments, but by and large, we just try to let everything go. We remember it, but we don’t try to save it.”

Clearly Spiegel has a lot to say about his baby. And here’s what other entrepreneurs and industry experts add to the conversation:

“I started hearing Snapchat in the same context as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. That got me curious.” – Mitch Lasky, general partner of Benchmark

“As users flock to Vine, Snapchat and, previously, Instagram, the social platforms are challenged to continue to be the primary provider of these services to the growing army of smartphone users.”, Keith Teare, technology entrepreneur

“It’s fun to watch things like SnapChat, and Vine, try to vie to be the next thing.” – Gary Vaynerchuk, entrepreneur

“When you look at Mark Zuckerberg and Snapchat and all these twenty-something billionaires, it’s really kind of fascinating; a classic tale of the haves and have-nots.” – Steven Bochco, TV producer/writer

“It’s not 100 percent clear to me what’s working about Snapchat.” – Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp

“People are worried about privacy, and its one of the reasons people are using a service like SnapChat.” – Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal

“Parents can’t monitor what you are doing on Snapchat.” – Ansel Elgort, actor/music producer

“I don’t keep an ongoing dribble of updates of my day, but I tell little compartmentalized stories every day on Snapchat. I use it much more like making a movie than maintaining a diary. When people watch my 60-second clips, there’s a beginning, middle, and end.” – Casey Neistat, co-founder of Beme