Evan Spiegel & Bobby Murphy

  • Aired:  04/30/13
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The founders of Snapchat discuss how their smart phone app promotes more natural and expressive human communication when two people are apart. (5:30)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MY GUEST TONIGHT DESIGNED AN APP

THAT WILL SHARE PHOTOS BUT ONLY

FOR TEN SECONDS.

JUST IN TIME FOR ANTHONY

WEANER'S COMEBACK.

PLEASE WELCOME EVAN SPIEGEL AND

BOBBY MURPHY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

EVAN, BOBBY.

DID I GET IT RIGHT?

>> YOU DID

Stephen: BOOM.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY, GUYS.

YOU CREATED SOMETHING CALLED

SNAPCHAT.

AND TELL THE FOLKS WHAT IS

UNIQUE ABOUT SNAPCHAT.

>> WELL, SNAPCHAT IS A PHOTO AND

VIDEO MESSAGING APPLICATION FOR

I-PHONE AND ANDROID.

THE KICKER IS THAT THE PHOTOS

DISAPPEAR IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP

THE COMMUNICATION VERY NATURAL

AND HUMAN

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND THE

TERM KEEPER.

THAT'S INTERNET LINGO.

I AM DOWN WITH ALL THE SOCIAL

NETWORKING BUZZ WORD DOT-BIZ.

OKAY?

OKAY.

SO, THIS ALLOWS... THE PHOTOS

DISAPPEAR AFTER TEN SECONDS,

RIGHT?

>> RIGHT.

YOU CAN ALWAYS TAKE A SCREEN

SHOT.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO INCLUDE

THE OPTION FOR THE PHOTO TO

DISAPPEAR?

WHAT ARE THE USERS OF SNAPCHAT

ASHAMED OF?

WHY WOULD I EVER WANT A PICTURE

OF THIS TO DISAPPEAR?

>> WELL, I THINK YOU MAY BE THE

EXCEPTION.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: THAT'S EMBRACING

SHAME.

YOU'RE EMBRACING SHAME WITH THIS

PRODUCT.

>> I THINK THE IDEA IS TO CHANGE

THE NOTION OF WHAT A PHOTOGRAPH

IS AND USE IT AS A MEANS OF

COMMUNICATION.

AND JUST RECOGNIZING THAT PHOTOS

AND VIDEOS ARE EXTREMELY

SUPPRESSIVE.

YOU HAVE A CAMERA ON YOUR SMART

PHONE ALWAYS WITH YOU.

WHY NOT USE THAT AS A WAY TO

COMMUNICATE WITH FRIENDS AND

FAMILY

>> Stephen: BUT YOU CAN DO THAT.

THE DISAPPEARING ASPECT IS AN

EFFORT TO KIND OF BRING THE

SERVICE BACK TO NORMAL HUMAN

COMMUNICATION WHICH IS EPHEMERAL

AND TRANSIENT.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

LIKE WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW.

>> EXACTLY.

Stephen: OKAY.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE JUST TALKING TO

EACH OTHER AND RELATING.

WE'RE HAVING AN EMOTIONAL

EXPERIENCE, YOU KNOW.

I CAN SMELL YOU.

OR WHATEVER.

>> YOU SMELL GREAT.

YOU'RE YOUNG.

>> Stephen: AND WE COULD LOSE

THESE CAMERAS AND THAT WOULD BE

HUMAN EXPERIENCE.

>> TOTALLY

Stephen: SO THIS IS MORE LIKE

THAT?

>> YES, MORE LIKE THAT.

AND IT ALLOWS YOU TO DO THAT

WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE OUTSIDE THE

ROOM OR ACROSS THE WORLD MILES

AWAY

>> Stephen: OKAY.

YOU KNOW, IS THIS A SEXT-ING

APP?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> YOU CAN ALWAYS TAKE A SCREEN

SHOT AND YOU CAN ALWAYS TAKE A

PICTURE WITH ANOTHER CAMERA SO

IT'S NOT A GREAT WAY TO SEND

INAPPROPRIATE PHOTOS

>> Stephen: IS THERE A BETTER

WAY TO SEND INAPPROPRIATE PHOTOS

BECAUSE I DON'T THINK OF ONE.

I CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER WAY TO

SEND INAPPROPRIATE PHOTOS THAN

THIS ONE BECAUSE NO OTHER

SERVICE EVEN ALLOWS THIS.

IS THERE ANYTHING ON YOUR SERVER

OF A PHOTO?

ISN'T IT SOME PLACE?

>> NOT AFTER IT'S GONE

Stephen: BUT IT HAS TO BE

SENT THROUGH DIFFERENT SERVERS

TO GET TO ME.

HOW DO ALL THOSE ITERATIONS GET

DELETED?

>> YOU GO THROUGH AND DELETE

THEM.

>> A PIECE OF CODE BAITSICALLY.

Stephen: A PIECE OF CODE

FOLLOWS IT ALONG THE WAY TEN

SECONDS AFTER IT AND SWEEPS UP

AFTER IT.

REALLY?

>> REALLY.

Stephen: IT'S A MOP SQUAD.

THAT'S FASCINATING.

NOW WHAT DID YOU GUYS STUDY IN

COLLEGE?

>> I WAS A MATHEMATICAL AND

COMPUTATIONAL SCIENTIST.

>> I WAS A PRODUCT DESIGNER

Stephen: OKAY.

IS STARTING AN APP NOW IN

COLLEGE LIKE THE OLD VERSION OF

STARTING A BAND?

EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE DOING IT.

>> I THINK IT IS NOW.

THE TRENDY THING TO DO.

>> Stephen: WHICH ONE OF YOU IS

IS THE CUTE ONE?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: HOW MANY SNAPCHATS

ARE GOING ON DAY RIGHT NOW?

>> OVER 150 MILLION

Stephen: HAVE YOU GUYS MADE A

PROFIT YET?

OR DOES THAT DISAPPEAR AFTER TEN

SECONDS TOO?

>> WE'VE GOT PATIENT INVESTORS

WHO ARE KIND OF WITH US TO THE

END.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO

MONETIZE IN THE MEDIUM- TO

LONG-TERM FUTURE

>> Stephen: CAN WE TRY IT BEFORE

YOU GO?

I HAVE A PHONE RIGHT HERE.

WHY DON'T YOU SEND ME ONE AND

I'LL GET IT.

OKAY?

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

GOT IT.

I GOT IT.

THERE YOU GO.

THAT IS THE FUNNIEST PHOTO EVER.

AND IT'S GONE.

GUYS, THANKS SO MUCH.

EVAN SPIEGEL AND BOBBY MURPHY.

SNAPCHAT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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