In a 15-page internal memo obtained by Cheddar, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel admitted that it went too fast in releasing its controversial app redesign, and set company-wide goals for 2019 – including becoming profitable.
“In our excitement to innovate and bring many new products into the world, we have lost the core of what made Snapchat the fastest way to communicate,” Spiegel wrote.
The 6,500+ word memo was surprisingly candid for Spiegel, who describes himself as a shy person who feels awkward walking around the offices to chat. It is timely, however, as Snap’s stock closed below $8 per shareon Thursday for the first time since going public in early 2017, as Facebook’s Instagram puts pressure on the business.
To read more about the memo, click here.
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