Evan Spiegel, Snapchat founder & CEO making controversy saying India is ‘too poor’ to consider expansion of its user base.
According to one of their ex-employee, the founder of US fastest growing social media app Snapchat said that, “This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain,”.
The ex-employee said that during a user growth meeting in 2015, Evan Spiegel put emphasis on acquiring only premium users. The ex-employee is currently engaged in a lawsuit against Snapchat after he accused the company of presenting misleading inflated statistics of user data to its investors.
According to the lawsuit, Pompliano worked at the firm for three weeks before he was fired for uncovering ‘massive internal systematic failure’ and reporting it to seniors. Snapchat’s legal team called Pompliano a “disgruntled employee fired for poor performance”.
“Mr. Spiegel was inexplicably enraged throughout the meeting and refused to listen to anything Mr. Pompliano said, constantly cutting him off and summarily dismissing his points”, the lawsuit says.
India is a rapidly growing market with Internet penetration expected to grow 25 times by 2020, with mobile leading the race. It is these numbers that are driving tech giants like Amazon and Uber and investors like Masayoshi Son and Jack Ma to invest billions of dollars in the country.