Kik Interactive

Kik Interactive

Kik Interactive was founded in 2009 by a group of engineers with an endless vision to create a world of seamless mobile computing. In April 2010, Kik released the universal, free texting app for BlackBerry and iPhone, empowering users to message any of their friends in real time without paying unruly SMS fees. Chat is the foundation for the unfolding Kik community, which will also soon include music, pictures and video. Essentially, our mission is to empower your phone to play and share media on any screen.


Website:
http://www.kik.com
Categories:
Mobile, Startup

News on Kik Interactive

Young Canadian Entrepreneurs Recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30 List
Forbes recently unveiled its annual 30 under 30 list and a few notables from Canada's startup scene are present. 450 leaders across 15 categories were selected, and among them were some Canadian... more
University of Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab Selects New Cohort of 15 Ventures
Building on an inaugural year that resulted in eight ventures creating over $65 million in equity value, 15 new ventures have been accepted into the second cohort of the Creative Destruction Lab at... more
Three Years Later, BlackBerry Settles Lawsuit with Fellow Waterloo Company Kik
In 2010, free instant messaging app Kik Messenger launched on RIM's BlackBerry platform. Gathering a million users in just two weeks, it was instant success—and instantly seen as a direct... more
Canadian Startup Kik Raises $19.5 Million in Series B Funding
Waterloo's Kik Interactive has closed $19.5 million in Series B funding to "support continued platform development and drive the company towards monetization." Kik says the round is led by... more
Canadian Startup Kik Reaches 50 Million Users, Gains 200,000 More Every Day
Waterloo's Kik Messenger announced this morning that is has reached 50 million registered users. The Canadian startup added that it now adds more than 200,000 new users per day. The mobile app,... more
Discover New Friends on WhatsApp, Kik, BBM and More Through Canadian-made Mobile App Jingu
Conversing with friends is easy. You can call them, text them, tweet them, message them, email them—this list could stretch for miles. But discovery is so often lost on social platforms. How... more
There are 1,200 Job Openings in Waterloo's Tech Space Right Now. Here are Five Worth Checking Out
According to Karen Gallant, senior director of talent networks at Communitech, there are 1,200 job openings right now in the Waterloo tech community. With news last week that RIM is set to lay off... more
Waterloo and Toronto Companies Named Top Mobile Companies by AlwaysOn
AlwaysOn has announced their second annual OnMobile 100 list and two Canadian companies were acknowledged. The OnMobile 100 list identifies the top 100 private companies—plus 20 to... more
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... more
Kik Interactive adds Clik Universal Remote to product lineup
If you read Techvibes you’ve heard of Kik Messenger, a phone messaging app that has got it's fair share of news coverage thanks to a lawsuit from Research in Motion. More importantly they... more
Vancouver's Rude Boy Games Launches Zwonks, a Mobile Game Leveraging Waterloo's Kik Messenger
Rude Boy Games, a spinoff from Vancouver startup Ayogo Games, has come out of stealthmode to launch Zwonks. A "new twist" on social gaming, Zwonks utilizes instant messaging between friends in its... more
Waterloo-born Kik launches app on Symbian and Windows Phone
Waterloo-based startup Kik Interactive has launched its popular Kik app on the Symbian and Windows Phone platforms. Kik's Windows app will be optimized for 7.5, or "Mango,"... more
Back from the dead: Kik Messenger returns to BlackBerry with a vengeance
In 2010, free instant messaging app Kik Messenger launched on RIM's BlackBerry platform. Gathering a million users in just 2 weeks, it was instant success—and instantly seen as a direct... more
Kik's Ted Livingston sparks VeloCity funding contest for Waterloo students
Thanks to a donation made by VeloCity alumni and instant messaging app Kik founder Ted Livingston, University of Waterloo students will have the opportunity to compete in a contest offering $25,000... more
Kik Founder donates $1 Million to University of Waterloo's VeloCity program
The University of Waterloo announced this morning that they have received a $1 Million donation from high tech entrepreneur Ted Livingston to support its students' business startup ambitions.... more
Kik's big day: $8 Million in funding, new directors, new features for mobile app
Today was a big one for cross-platform mobile messaging application Kik Messenger. Not only did they announce group messaging and picture messaging capabilities for their application, but they just... more
Waterloo's Kik Messenger rings in the New Year with its three millionth user
It's a good start to the new year for Kik Messenger. The cross-platform instant messaging app has earned its three millionth user.  Although Kik was given the boot from RIM's BlackBerry App... more
Digital Media People to Watch in Ontario in 2011
It's that time of year again where Techvibes singles out 10 Digital Media People to Watch in Ontario in the coming year. We did a pretty good job in 2010 with Facebook Managing Director Jordan... more
Kik Competitor PingChat at home in BlackBerry App World
The blogosphere has been atwitter of late regarding the rapid growth of Waterloo-based Kik Interactive's messaging app and the resulting RIM lawsuit for patent violation. With Kik pulled from... more
RIM sues Kik for patent violation
RIM is involved in another fight, and this time it isn’t another CEO catfight between Jim Balsillie and Steve Jobs. They’re suing Waterloo start-up Kik, the popular mobile messaging... more
Research in Motion releases Official Statement on Kik
VentureBeat reported today that RIM has yanked the popular chat application Kik off its BlackBerry phones AND wiped its hands of anything to do with the young company which is... more
Waterloo born Kik App pulled from BlackBerry App World
VentureBeat reported this morning that the Kik instant messaging application has been pulled from Blackberry App World. Apparently Research in Motion told Kik Interactive on Friday... more
A Conversation With Ted Livingston, CEO of Kik Messenger
“Kik is about having deep conversations with the people you care about,” says Ted Livingston, Founder and CEO of Kik. “That’s where the name came from: kicking a ball back... more
Kik's growth triggered by questionable methods - CEO apologizes, but why only now?
It took less than two weeks for cross-platform chat app Kik, a startup based in Waterloo, to break the one-million-user milestone. Launched on October 21, two million users will probably happen...... more
4 things Kik should do to kick the competition
The success that has come to Waterloo-based Kik seems to be overwhelming.  As you know by now, Kik is a free, cross- platform instant messaging service.  The look and feel is very similar... more
Waterloo-based Kik experiencing viral growth
Just over 2 weeks ago we featured the re-launch of Kik Messenger, which is a free, cross-platform mobile instant messaging service. Yesterday, the app attracted 150,000 new subscribers worldwide,... more
Watch out BBM! Here comes Kik!
On Thursday, Waterloo-based Kik Interactive unveiled the next generation of Kik Messenger, a free, cross-platform mobile instant messaging service that makes texting conversations more real-time... more



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