Photo Sharing App Snapchat Now Worth a Whopping $800 Million

Snapchat Screen

Photo sharing is big business. Just ask Snapchat‘s founders. The service (launched in late 2011) has managed to raise somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 million in venture capital funding, an investment that pegs the value of the company at a staggering $800 million.

That’s a huge deal for a service whose sole purpose is to transmit photos with a kick, so to speak. Users of Snapchat are able to send photos from their mobile devices to friends — but the image only displays to the recipient for ten seconds or less. Senders are notified when the recipient screencaps a picture.

Today, well over 200 million pictures — also known aptly as “snaps” — are shared on the service daily. That’s up from 60 million daily transmissions in February of this year. The service is growing rapidly, and the newest round of VC funding is expected to help Snapchat continue it’s growth.

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“In order to continue scaling while developing the Snapchat experience, we needed to build a bigger engineering team and figure out how to pay our server bills,” says co-founder Evan Spiegel on the SnapChat blog.

Despite the impressive valuation, however, it remains to be seen how Snapchat will monetize the service moving forward. Until then, Snapchat continues to gain traction in the teenage and adult communities alike.

(via Financial Times and Fortune)

  • Vlad Dusil

    Valuations of social platforms leave me speechless. $800mil “worth” even though the service burns through cash at a staggering rate and no bloody clue how to make a cent without alienating its users?

    Blows my mind.

  • Ingemar Smith

    So ridiculous this is.

  • Burnin Biomass

    They should sell it now while it is over valued.

  • Tyler Jamesson

    You can polish a turd but at the end of the day it’s still a turd. Very bad trend for ACTUAL technology companies that have real revenue and businesses. SC is a FAD.

  • John R

    What a crock

  • cooper

    I can’t believe this. So overhyped. It’s literally just an app you send pictures with. Do you know how many ways there are already to send pics these days? Too many, so many so its hard to know what to use at times.