Houseparty (app)

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Original author(s) Ben Rubin
Developer(s) Life on Air Inc.
Operating system iOS, Android, macOS
Available in English
Type Video streaming, social networking service

Houseparty is a social networking service that enables group video chatting through mobile and desktop apps. Users receive a notification when friends are online and available to group video chat.[1][2] On average, users spend approximately 51 minutes a day on the app in group or one-on-one chats.[3] It was launched by Life on Air, Inc. in 2016[4][5] and is available on iOS and Android mobile devices and macOS devices.[6][7]


In 2015, Life On Air, Inc., a team headed by founder and CEO Ben Rubin developed the live streaming app Meerkat and raised $12 million in venture capital funding from Greylock Partners in March 2015. Later in 2015, the creators began developing a new app that moved "away from public broadcasts in favour of private chats."[8]

The creators released Houseparty to the App Store and Play Store in February 2016 under a pseudonym.[9] It was developed over 10 months with a website redirecting to the Houseparty app in October 2016.[10] The company raised $52 million in venture capital funding from Sequoia Capital in late 2016.[11][12] Each session can host up to eight participants with unlimited sessions. As of 2018, it is available on macOS.[13]


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