Disrupt NY 2015
Yik Yak launched simply over a yr in the past, and in that brief time, the app has develop into a family dormhold identify amongst younger individuals.
The social community, which acts like a hyperlocal, nameless Twitter, was born out of the Southeast from founders Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll. After hitting up close by school campuses, the duo discovered quick success because the app unfold from faculty to high school and ultimately into excessive faculties.
However success is a double-edged sword.
The app shortly bumped into issues round bullying, particularly with excessive-faculty youngsters and youthful, and acquired unfavorable backlash from mother and father and directors. However the younger founders acted responsibly and instantly started geo-fencing excessive faculties in order that the app wouldn’t work from contained in the buildings.
However the perils of nameless social networking wasn’t the one impediment in the best way of the quick-rising app.
Like many extremely-profitable social networking corporations, Yik Yak was sued by an individual alleging to be a former cofounder and frat brother named Doug Warstler. Warstler believes he’s owed a founders’ share of the corporate.
Oh, and if that weren’t sufficient, the corporate has raised greater than $70 million in complete.
For sure, there’s lots to debate on the stage of the Disrupt New York convention, and we hope to see you there, too.
Buffington and Droll will be a part of different notable Disrupt NY audio system, together with Meerkat’s Sean Rad, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and Fred Wilson.
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