Homepage / Technology / SNAP CEO on Innovation and Imitation
Amazon says this Prime Day was its biggest shopping event ever Kudlow says President Trump is 'so dissatisfied' with China trade talks that he is keeping the pressure on As stocks regain their footing, an ominous warning looms Goldman Sachs downgrades Clorox to sell, says valuation is 'unsustainably high' How Satya Nadella has spurred a tripling of Microsoft's stock price in just over four years Kudlow says economic growth could top 4% for 'a quarter or two,' more tax cuts could be coming The one chart that explains Netflix’s stunning comeback US housing starts plunge 12% in June to a nine-month low Aerospace titans Boeing and Airbus top $110 billion in orders at Farnborough Target uses Prime Day to its advantage, logging its 'biggest online shopping day' so far this year Billionaire Marc Lasry sees bitcoin reaching up to $40,000 as it becomes more mainstream and easier to trade These are the 10 US airports where you're most likely to be hacked Amazon shares slightly higher as investors await Prime Day results Wreck of Russian warship found, believed to hold gold worth $130 billion A bullish ‘phenomenon’ in bond market is weeks away from fading, top credit strategist says Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: MS, GOOGL, TXN, UAL, NFLX & more Twitter shares up 50% since late April means most upside priced in, analyst says in downgrade EU fines Google $5 billion over Android antitrust abuse Mortgage applications fall 2.5% as buyers struggle to find affordable homes America may not have the tools to counter the next financial crisis, warn Bernanke, Geithner and Paulson Investors are getting spooked as the risk of a no-deal Brexit rises EU expected to fine Google $5 billion over Android antitrust abuse Ex-FBI chief James Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterm elections Elon Musk apologizes to British cave diver following baseless 'pedo guy' claim Disney, Comcast and Fox: All you need to know about one of the biggest media battles ever Xiaomi shares notch new high after Hong Kong, mainland China stock exchanges reach agreement The trade war is complicating China's efforts to fix its economy European markets set for a strong open amid earnings; Google in focus Hedge fund billionaire Einhorn places sixth in major poker tournament The biggest spender of political ads on Facebook? President Trump Asian stocks poised to gain after Fed's Powell gives upbeat comments; dollar firmer Stocks are setting up to break to new highs Not all FAANG stocks are created equal EU ruling may be too little, too late to stop Google's mobile dominance Cramer explains how Netflix's stock managed to taper its drop after disappointing on earnings Airbnb condemns New York City's 'bellhop politics,' threatens legal retaliation Amazon sellers say they were unfairly suspended right before Prime Day, and now have two bad choices Investor explains why 'duller' tech stocks can have better returns than 'high-flying' tech names Elon Musk is 'thin-skinned and short-tempered,' says tech VC Texas Instruments CEO Brian Crutcher resigns for violating code of conduct Google Cloud Platform fixes issues that took down Spotify, Snapchat and other popular sites Uber exec: We want to become the 'one stop' transportation app 'What a dumb hearing,' says Democrat as Congress grills tech companies on conservative bias Amazon shares rebound, report says Prime Day sales jumped 89 percent in first 12 hours of the event How to put your medical history on your iPhone in less than 5 minutes Investment chief: Watch these two big events in 2018 Even with Netflix slowing, the market rally is likely not over Cramer: Netflix subscriber weakness debunks the 'sky's the limit' theory on the stock Netflix is looking at watch time as a new area of growth, but the competition is stiff Why Nobel laureate Richard Thaler follows Warren Buffett's advice to avoid bitcoin Rolls-Royce is developing tiny 'cockroach' robots to crawl in and fix airplane engines After Netflix plunge, Wall Street analysts forecast just tame returns ahead for the once high-flying FANG group Roku shares rise after analyst raises streaming video company's price target due to customer growth China is investing 9 times more into Europe than into North America, report reveals Amazon says US Prime Day sales 'so far bigger than ever' as glitch is resolved Netflix is on pace for its worst day in two years US lumber producers see huge opportunity, rush to expand San Francisco to consider tax on companies to help homeless Homebuilder sentiment, still high, stalls as tariffs, labor and land drive up costs Powell backs more rate hikes as economy growing 'considerably stronger' Netflix history is filled with big stock declines – like today – followed by bigger rebounds Intel shares get downgraded by Evercore ISI due to rising competition from Nvidia, AMD Petco aims to reinvent the pet store with something you can't buy online Genetic testing is coming of age, but for consumers it's buyer beware Tech 'FAANG' was the most-crowded trade in the world heading into the Netflix implosion, survey shows Netflix weak subscriber growth may indicate a 'maturity wall' that could whack the stock even more: Analyst This chart may be predicting the bull market's demise Wall Street says Netflix's stock plunge is a ‘compelling’ buying opportunity because the streaming giant ‘never misses twice’ Tesla sinks after Musk tweets, again Boeing announces new division devoted to flying taxis Stocks making the biggest move premarket: NFLX, UNH, GS, AMZN, WMT & more Deutsche Bank downgrades Netflix, but says big subscriber miss is not 'thesis changing' IBM is experimenting with a cryptocurrency that’s pegged to the US dollar North Korea and Zimbabwe: A friendship explained Virgin Galactic spinoff Orbit to launch rockets from the UK with space deal Artificial intelligence will create more jobs than it destroys? That’s what PwC says ‘Treasonous’ Trump and ‘Putin’s poodle:' Scathing headlines follow the Trump-Putin summit China’s fintech companies offer ‘enormous’ opportunity, investment manager says Trump's performance at summit with Putin was 'unprecedented,' experts say Walmart and Microsoft link up on cloud technology as they both battle Amazon European stocks seen mixed amid earnings; Fed’s Powell to address Congress How I knew I should quit my day job and run my start-up full-time: Viral website founder China's stocks have been trounced, but the trade war may ultimately be good news for those shares Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel bets on crypto start-up Block.one Asian shares subdued open after mixed close on Wall Street; energy stocks under pressure Amazon cloud hits snags after Amazon Prime Day downtime Netflix isn't doomed by one quarter unless people start questioning the long-term investor thesis Tech stocks set to sink on Tuesday after rough evening for ‘FANG’ Netflix plummets after missing big on subscriber growth This wristband lets humans control machines with their minds The U.S. has a rocky history convincing Russia to extradite computer criminals Amazon suffers glitches at the start of Prime Day Jeff Bezos is now the richest man in modern history 'The United States has been foolish': Read Trump and Putin's full exchange Goldman Sachs recommends these 5 highly profitable companies — including Nvidia — to combat rising inflation Goldman Sachs releases 'tactical' stock picks for this earnings season Three red flags for Netflix ahead of its earnings report The bond market may be raising recession fears, but don't expect one anytime soon Cramer: Banks are 'making fortunes' but are still as hated as they were during the financial crisis Putin told Trump at summit: Russia never meddled in US election

Technology

SNAP CEO on Innovation and Imitation

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel isn’t worried about Facebook‘s frequent imitations of his app features, saying Monday, “the innovators win in the long run.”

“I think usually when the innovators win is when a really big platform shift happens, which is why we’re investing so heavily in things like augmented reality,” Spiegel told CNBC’s Julia Boorstin Monday from the Cannes Lions festival. “We believe ultimately, in the next couple decades, that computing’s going to be overlaid on the world around you.”

The annual festival is heavily attended by advertisers.

Facebook and its wholly owned photo-sharing app Instagram have each integrated features that originally rolled out on Snapchat, like photo Stories that disappear after 24 hours. Both companies are building out their original content and AR offerings.

It’s not just about the features though, Spiegel said, suggesting Snap has an ethical advantage over competitors like Facebook.

“I think one of the things that’s become really clear over the past couple months is how important values are to consumers and therefore to advertisers,” he said. “I think now a lot of times when people are buying advertising products, they, of course, want them to work … but they also want to feel good about what they’re buying. They want to feel like they’re having a positive impact on the world.”

A handful of advertisers abandoned Facebook, at least temporarily, in the wake of privacy scandals and a user-led movement to delete the app. The company has added transparency to its advertising business and vowed to better protect user information.

“I think one of the things that we’ve done with our customers is built a lot of trust over time, so that people understand when they use Snapchat that we’re respectful of their data and give them choice about how that’s used,” Spiegel said Monday.

The company recently rolled out a developer platform that allows other apps to integrate with Snapchat’s login or camera. The option is similar to what Google and Facebook offer, and part of what landed Facebook in hot water after a third-party developer mishandled user information through the feature.

“We think it’s really important for people to understand that they can get a lot of value from developer products without compromising their privacy,” Spiegel said.

Snap is better positioned to navigate a data scandal like Facebook’s, Spiegel said.

“I think one of the really unique things is even from the beginning of our company, when we were in my dorm room or in my dad’s house, we were thinking a lot about data minimization and these issues,” he said. “We’d definitely made mistakes and we probably will make some in the future but I think this trust we’ve built with our user base over time by doing the right thing will certainly help us navigate any mistakes we make in the future.”

Facebook did not immediately return a request for comment from CNBC.

Snap has faced its own criticism from users and advertisers alike in recent months, after an app redesign separated friend content from celebrity and paid publisher content.

Snap walked the redesign back slightly, putting Stories from friends back on the app’s Discover tab alongside publisher Stories.

“We definitely made some changes to the communication side of the service that we didn’t need to make and frankly I’m happy with the changes we’ve made,” Spiegel said of walking back the redesign.

The company’s stock has largely recovered after hitting all-time lows in May following a crucial earnings miss. The shares are up roughly 30 percent in last month, but still down roughly 20 percent in the last year.

Disclosure: CNBC parent company NBCUniversal is an investor in Snap.

Source: Tech CNBC
SNAP CEO on Innovation and Imitation

Comments are closed.