A Brief History Of Snapchat

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A Brief History Of Snapchat

Our story begins at Stanford University, where the idea for an ephemeral photo sharing app is brought to life by three founders.

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Evan Spiegel was born

It all started when Evan Spiegel was born, on June 4 in 1990. He was a happy Southern California baby. (While this gif is of a happy Southern California baby, it is not actually Evan.)

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Stanford University

Skip forward almost two decades, and you’ll find our young protagonist at Stanford University, the playground for Silicon Valley’s brightest stars.

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2008

This is where Evan met Reggie Brown, during his freshman year. The two of them joined Kappa Sig together…

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Evan meet Bobby

Which is where they met Bobby Murphy, Snapchat co-founder and the programmer behind the app. But this was all before Snapchat existed.

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2009

By 2009, Spiegel and Murphy were already testing out their entrepreneurial skills, launching Future Freshman LLC.

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2010

It never really picked up speed.

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Spring, 2011

Eventually, April 2011 rolled around. Spiegel and Brown were about to complete their junior year at Stanford and Murphy had already graduated. Reggie had this idea…

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Spring, 2011

“I wish these photos I am sending this girl would disappear,” said Brown. Soon after, Spiegel had heard about the idea and was jazzed about it.

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Spring, 2011

Spiegel alleged referred to is as a “million dollar idea.” More like $15 billion, AMIRITE?

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Summer, 2011

And so the idea for Snapchat was born. But back then they were calling it Pictaboo. Murphy, Spiegel, and Brown were all working on it.