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 for Kik accounts, so our users are always in complete control of who they talk to on Kik.
But Kik isn't just about our users chatting with their friends. Our marketing tools let brands talk to and share cool content with our users, and track the results. Our developer tools help developers optimize and distribute their web content on Kik. And our built-in browser lets Kik users search for and share cool content and experiences - without leaving Kik, and without downloading anything new.
To top it all off, we're backed by major brand-name VC's - the same firms that first helped Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga and others rise to world domination.
With over 200 million users and an incredible team, our plans are well underway.
News on Kik
Kik Interactive announced this morning it has acquired Relay, a leading GIF messenger, and raised a $38.3 million Series C round of funding. The funding round was led by Valiant Capital Partners... more
As part of the Deloitte 17th annual Technology Fast 50 Awards the coveted 2014 Companies-to-Watch Award recipients have been named. The Companies-to-Watch Award honors early-stage Canadian... more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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-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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
“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
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
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
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