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WhatsApp

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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