|Original author(s)||Ben Rubin|
|Developer(s)||Life on Air Inc.|
|Operating system||iOS, Android, macOS|
|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. On average, users spend approximately 51 minutes a day on the app in group or one-on-one chats. It was launched by Life on Air, Inc. in 2016 and is available on iOS and Android mobile devices and macOS devices.
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."
The creators released Houseparty to the App Store and Play Store in February 2016 under a pseudonym. It was developed over 10 months with a website redirecting to the Houseparty app in October 2016. The company raised $52 million in venture capital funding from Sequoia Capital in late 2016. Each session can host up to eight participants with unlimited sessions. As of 2018, it is available on macOS.
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