Michael Sayman

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Michael Sayman
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Born Michael Arthur Sayman
(1996-08-24) 24 August 1996 (age 21)
Miami, Florida, United States
Residence San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality American
Occupation mobile application entrepreneur, product manager at Google
Years active 2013–present
Known for 4 Snaps
Net worth Unknown

Michael Arthur Sayman of Peruvian mother and Bolivian father is a mobile application entrepreneur and software engineer. He is best known for creating one of the fastest growing mobile game apps built by a teenager, 4 Snaps, which is a turn-based photo game, developed in his junior year of high school in 2013.[1] He is currently the youngest Product Manager at Google.

Personal life[edit]

Michael was born in Miami, Florida in 1996 to Bolivian Miguel Sayman and Peruvian Maria Cristina Gálvez Sayman. He lives in San Francisco currently and was the youngest full time engineer at Facebook. On August 28, 2017, it was reported that he was leaving Facebook to work at Google on its Google 'Assistant' project.[2]

4 Snaps[edit]

Michael started programming and published his first app under his own company at the age of 13. At the age of 16, Michael developed an app named “4 Snaps”, a turn-based game which gave the user a choice of words, allowed them to take four pictures based on the word they picked, and then sent over to the opponent player to guess what the word was, based on the pictures taken. Michael released the app in 2013 and by the year after, had managed to achieve over one million downloads.[3]

Reception[edit]

Michael has been featured by multiple news outlets around the world, including CNN en Español, NBC News, Fox Business and ABC News. From the over a dozen apps he has launched, “4 Snaps” was received with mostly positive reviews. More than four million individual games have been started within “4 Snaps” since its inception.

Lifestage[edit]

After having joined Facebook at the age of 17 as a software engineer, Michael soon transitioned into the role of a product manager describing his job being "to learn about and understand content production and sharing towards the future with video and more."

At the age of 19, he launched Lifestage, new standalone, video-centric social app for high school students while working at Facebook. The app is largely focused around the teenage demographic; anyone 22 or older is locked into only being able to see their own profile. When you sign up, with no need for a Facebook account, you select your high school, and will then see the video profiles from people at your school or ones nearby.

He’s spent the last two years getting acquainted with the social network and coming up with the idea for Lifestage. “I wanted to work on an app that my demographic would relate to, or at least that my friends would want to use.”

Sayman says his app "looks back at the days of Facebook from 2004 and explores what can be done if we went back and turned the crank all the way forward to 2016 with video-first."

There’s no way to contact people directly in Lifestage, since Sayman explains “my friends and I have a bajillion messaging apps we already use and love, so what’s the point of having another messaging app? It just seems annoying to me.” Instead, each users gets a “Reach Me” line of text that appears beneath their name, which could be used to show off their Snapchat or Instagram handle, or another piece of contact info.

Michael released the app on August 19, 2016 for iOS devices in the United States.

Less than 12 months later, Facebook pulled Lifestage from the app store and shut it down on August 4th, 2017. [4]

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