A dispute over the origin of Snapchat has disappeared
Lawsuit resolved yesterday confirms Frank Reginald Brown, IV came up with original idea
Snapchat Inc has announced it has settled its dispute with Frank Reginald Brown, IV, who claimed to have had the initial idea for the self-destructing messaging app.
The settlement resolves Brown's suit, initially filed last year in the Superior Court of Los Angeles, as well as all other disputes between Brown and Snapchat's CEO, Evan Spiegel, and CTO, Robert Murphy. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
In a press release, Snapchat confirmed that Brown originally came up with the idea of creating an application for sending disappearing picture messages while he was a student at Stanford University. He then collaborated with Spiegel and Murphy on the development of Snapchat during its early and most formative days.
Discussing the settlement, Spiegel said, "We are pleased that we have been able to resolve this matter in a manner that is satisfactory to Mr Brown and the Company. We acknowledge Reggie's contribution to the creation of Snapchat and appreciate his work in getting the application off the ground."
Brown was a fraternity brother of Spiegel, while the two attended Stanford University. In 2011, they developed Picaboo, a predecessor to Snapchat, and added a third co-founder, Bobby Murphy. Brown left the company the same year and Murphy became the chief technology officer.