LiveProfile

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LiveProfile Inc.
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Type of site
Instant Messaging Client / Social Networking
Available inMultilingual
Founded2010; 11 years ago (2010)
HeadquartersNew York, New York, United States
Founder(s)
Employees10
URLwww.liveprofile.com
LaunchedOctober 2010; 10 years ago (2010-10)

LiveProfile is a messaging app and mobile social network, owned and operated by LiveProfile Inc., for Android and iOS. It allows users to the send and receive messages, photos, videos, audio, as well as other types of content.

History[edit]

LiveProfile was founded by Phil Karl and William Key and launched on October 16, 2010. It quickly gained widespread popularity and received as many as 200,000 new user registrations per day.[1] LiveProfile raised Series A financing from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Naval Ravikant [2][3]

In November 2011 BlackBerry Ltd acquired LiveProfile, Inc with the intention of integrating with BlackBerry Messenger, as part of their cross-platform strategy shift. This plan, considered by BlackBerry Co-CEO Jim Balsillie a top strategic priority, deeply divided the company as such a shift would cause a decline in device sales. Ultimately the strategy shift was cancelled and the LiveProfile app was discontinued in December 2013.[4][5][6]

Relaunch and availability[edit]

The original LiveProfile team announced in March 2019 that they are working to soon relaunch LiveProfile as a new independent company.[7]

Features[edit]

  • Messages are of unlimited length.
  • Users can choose a personal LiveProfile display picture and status.
  • Real-time confirmations when messages are delivered and read.
  • Users can also share photos, videos and more with multiple contacts at once.
  • Users can post their LiveProfile status to Facebook or Twitter accounts.
  • Contacts can be added by scanning Facebook friends and Twitter contacts, Email addresses associated with the user's LiveProfile, Mobile phone numbers or sharing PINs.
  • Users can reveal the music that is playing on their smartphone.
  • Users can send music files to their friends.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How LiveProfile Netted 1M Users in 5 Days". April 2011.
  2. ^ "Lightspeed Venture Partners » LiveProfile".
  3. ^ "LiveProfile - AngelList".
  4. ^ Silcoff, Sean; McNish, Jacquie; Ladurantaye, Steve (September 27, 2013). "Inside the fall of BlackBerry: How the smartphone inventor failed to adapt". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on September 30, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Did RIM shelve an idea to license BBM to competitors, carriers?".
  6. ^ Sep 30, CBC News · Posted; September 30, 2013 6:55 AM ET | Last Updated; 2013. "Balsillie quit BlackBerry over nixed BBM plan: report | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-25.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "LiveProfile". www.liveprofile.com. Retrieved 2019-03-25.

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