MEET | Bobby Murphy: Snapchat's Filipino-American co-founder

 
Bobby Murphy, left, and Evan Spiegel are co-founders of Snapchat. Its app can preset expiration dates on pictures
 
The founders of Snapchat, the hottest private messaging app in the United States right now, are in the headlines after it was revealed they turned down a $3-billion offer from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.
 
Two years ago, Evan Spiegel, 23, was just another beer-soaked frat boy obsessing over sex and dot.com riches. 

A college dropout running a company with almost no assets, no revenue and a mountain of legal problems, Spiegel is betting Snapchat can transcend the stigma of the "next big thing" and become an industry unto its own.
 
Filipino-American Bobby Murphy, 25, whose mother is from the Philippines, is a credited co-founder of the smartphone app.
 
Spiegel and Murphy were recently featured in Forbes magazine's 2014 30 Under 30, a list of young individuals who are "changing the world."
 
The two met while they were students at Stanford University in California. Murphy was a mathematics and computational science major, while Spiegel was in the product-design program.
 
Murphy and Spiegel first worked together to develop an online software called Future Freshmen, but it didn't take off.
 
For their next project, a fellow Stanford student and friend, Reggie Brown (who would later sue the company for ownership), came up with suggestion for an app to send disappearing photos.
 
Spiegel decided to tap Murphy, who had just graduated, to develop the app.
 
While Spiegel is the good-looking, outspoken public face of Snapchat (he's on the cover of Forbes magazine), Murphy, the chief technology officer (CTO), is the brains who developed the app.
 
Little is known about Murphy, who was described by Forbes, as the son of state employees from Berkeley, adding that his mother had emigrated from the Philippines.
 
Released in 2011, the app allows people to send smartphone photos and videos, which will disappear in 10 seconds or less after being opened. It is estimated around 450 disappearing photos are sent through Snapchat every day.
 
According to Forbes magazine's estimate, there are currently 50 million people using Snapchat, with an average age of 18.
 
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