Kik Interactive, Inc.

Kik Interactive, Inc.

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.


Job Opportunities at Kik Interactive, Inc.

Android Developer
Founded in 2009, Kik is the username-based smartphone messenger that allows over 200 million + people around the world to chat, browse and share content with one another. A Top 10 app on Android... more
Web Services Developer
Kik is a fast, simple and personal smartphone messenger used by over 200 million people. We believe that we are in the midst of an once-in-a-lifetime paradigm shift that will move the centre of... more
Server Developer
Server developers at Kik build, scale and maintain the software services which define the core messaging components of Kik Messenger: Our work has a direct impact on the lives of our millions of... more
Server Developer - DevOps
We're looking for a wicked-smart, take-charge Server Developer - DevOps to join our Server team. If hundreds of nodes, thousands of cores and hundreds of terabytes of RAM serving millions of users... more

News on Kik Interactive, Inc.

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Kik Acquires GIF Messenger Relay, Announces $38.3 Million Series C Funding
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Canadian Startup Kik Reaches 50 Million Users, Gains 200,000 More Every Day
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Waterloo-born Kik launches app on Symbian and Windows Phone
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Kik Founder donates $1 Million to University of Waterloo's VeloCity program
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