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Friday, 17 May 2013 | 7:55 AM ET
Small Telecom 'Disruptors' Defying the Odds
CNBC's Julia Boorstin takes a look at how small companies like Kymeta, Twilio, WhatsApp, and LiveU, are putting pressure on established telecom giants.

What
An unlimited text, audio and video messaging app that works with any existing mobile plan.

Disrupting
Mobile telecom industry.

Source: Whatsapp

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.
CEO: Jan Koum
Year Founded: 2009
Number of Employees: N/A
Funding: $8 million
Key Investors: Sequoia Capital

Vital Stats

  • Claims to now have more users than Twitter
  • Claims its users send more than 20 billion messages a day
  • Most popular smartphone app in most countries
  • More popular outside than inside the U.S.
  • Venture captial backer Sequoia Capital recently said it could become a more relevant social networking format than Facebook
  • Founded by two former Yahoo executives
  • Does not believe in advertising; in recent rare conference appearance compared its service to unadvertised essentials of life, like gas and water.

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