A press cycle off the original WSJ piece, picked up by Reuters.
In archaeological order
- Reuters; Millions Of Teens Are Skipping Facebook And Using A New Breed Of Flirty Mobile Messaging Apps; In Business Insider; 2012-04-01.
- Ricardo Bilton; Facebook is still losing teens to mobile messaging apps; In Venture Beat Social; 2013-04-01.
- Gerry Shih and Alexei Oreskovic; Youth flock to mobile messaging apps, may be threat to Facebook; In Reuters; 2013-03-31.
- Evelyn M. Rusli; The Messaging Apps Taking on Facebook, Phone Giants; In The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 2013-03-27.
- Kik, Waterloo, Ontario, CA; 40M users, launch 2010; Ted Livingston, age 25, CEO
- WhatsApp; subscription $1/year; founded 2009; 18B messages/day; “hundreds of millions” of users
- GroupMe, First Round Capital, investment 2010-late
- Viber, Talmon Marco, CEO, Viber; Cyprus (!)
- KakaoTalk, Kakao Inc. (KR, Asia); 80M users; a game platform; Yahoo! Japan takes 50% stake in Kakao JP; Sirgoo Lee, co-CEO; $4M/month revenue from games.
- LINE, NHN Corp. (CN, Asia); 120M users; Jeanie Han, CEO, Line USA
- WeChat, Tencent Holdings Ltd. (CN, Asia); 400M users; Zynga partnership
- ChatOn, Samsung; launch 2011-late
- Facebook: Instagram & Messenger (was Beluga), Poke, Messenger, Camera
- Color Quotes
- Rich Miner, a partner, Google Ventures
- Charles Hudson, a partner, SoftTech VC
- Jim Goetz, a partner, Sequoia Capital.
- Kent Goldman, a partner, First Round, backed MessageMe.
- Talmon Marco, CEO, Viber; Cyprus (!)
- Sirgoo Lee, co-CE, Kakao Corp.
- Peter Deng, director of product management, Facebook
- Jeanie Han, CEO, Line USA