Kik Founder the Only Tech Entrepreneur to Make Maclean's List of Canadians Under 25 to Watch

Maclean's recently published a list of Canadians under the age of 25 worth keeping an eye on. There were multiple athletes, multiple scientists, and multiple politicians. But only one tech entrepreneuer (and he was technically filed under "business.")

That lone ranger is named Ted Livingston. He's the founder and CEO of Kik Interactive. Based in Waterloo, Kik is a tech startup most famous for its mobile messenger app (and more recently Clik, which turns your smartphone into a television remote).

Ted apparently rejected Maclean's offer to be interviewed but did offer some thoughts via email: “Smartphones are going to change the world more than the PC and the internet combined."

Last year, Ted donated $1 million to the University of Waterloo’s VeloCity Residence, a mobile and digital incubator for startups. No coincidence that's where the concept for Kik was conceived.

Kik Interactive, Inc.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kik was founded in 2009, when a small but incredibly passionate group of University of Waterloo students decided to build a company that would shift the center of computing from the PC to the smartphone. Fast forward to today, and Kik has become the best way to connect with friends, no matter where you meet them. And unlike other messengers, Kik uses usernames - not phone numbers - as the basis... more

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Knowlton Thomas

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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