App On The Rise: Snapchat Announces Mega Hiring Blitz And Funding News

June 11, 2013  |  

Snapchat screenshots from the Apple App Store.

Things are in hyperdrive over at Snapchat. It has been reported that the self-destructing messaging app is aggressively recruiting sales people from Stanford as well as USC for the impending debut of a monetization plan, reports TechCrunch. All this while it is raising $100 million and has a valuation as high as $1 billion according to some. “We’ve also heard the company may be in talks with its $13.5 million Series A round leader Benchmark Capital about joining the Series B. We’ve also heard that this round has already closed, but can’t confirm that yet,” reports TechCrunch. So salaries could be decent?  The company is looking hire additional sales talent.

The valuation may be high according to come observers, but the app is rapidly growing in popularity.  Snapchat has attracted young people (high school and college age) in particular. In fact, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends report found that Snapchat has surpassed Instagram in volume of photos shared. But as the app is now being used by other age groups, the use has spiked. Users now send 150 million images per day.

Snapchat users can privately send photo after photo while continuing to carry on multiple conversations with friends. “These photos (and videos) delete themselves less than 10-seconds after being viewed, encouraging users to create and send more ‘Snaps’” explains TechCrunch.

Due to the usage boost, Stanford-schooled co-founders of the Los Angeles-based startup have been recruiting at their alma mater, and the University Of Southern California, reports TechCrunch. Right now the staff is just 12, but the company is moving to a larger office soon.

But before the company does a huge sales push, they might have to deal with an issue. It was discovered that expired photos can actually be recovered. According to Digital Trends,  an investigation by Decipher Forensics found that metadata from your expired Snapchats is still on your Android. You’ll need certain tools to  pull these pictures back. Conveniently, Decipher Forensics has those tools — for a price.  “As a digital forensics firm, we offer for anyone wanting to retrieve their Snapchats for an affordable price of $300-$600. Parents and law enforcement can mail us phones, and we will extract the Snapchat data, and send the phone and data back in a readable format,” researcher Richard Hickman told Digital Trends.

And given the young age of some Snapchat users, it’s disturbing that there are pages where nude Snapchats are being posted. Parents and young people: Be careful out there. The worldwide Web is like the Wild West sometimes.

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