Considering that Twitter, as a much bigger company with 241 million monthly active users, just revealed that it generated $242.7 million in revenue for the fourth quarter, Line’s financial figures are pretty impressive.

Line shows the potential for chat apps as platforms, after chalking up $338m in revenue for 2013” via TheNextWeb

It’s all about the stickers. 

“Through efforts such as the release of stickers featuring popular soccer stars in Mexico and the cultural highlights of Diwali, a major festival in India, the stickers business concentrated on producing highly localized products and was successful in further entrenching the culture of sticker communication in markets across the world.”


…the whole funding round was done in 22 days without having to build a pitch deck. It’s a message — and product — that just resonated with investors.

Confide Raises $1.9 Million In Seed Funding To Bring Disappearing Messages To Enterprise Users” via TechCrunch

It’s SnapChat for the enterprise. The UX is pretty slick (makes me think of the “redacted” text in spy movie documents) and I’m looking forward to trying it out when it hits Android.


So what does a minnow like Mxit have that makes it so confident it can crack India? The answer is simple: a vision beyond smartphones. Unlike its bigger, richer, more established competitors, Mxit offers connectivity to old fashioned “feature phones,” of which there remain many users in India.

An African messaging app could beat out WhatsApp, Line and WeChat in India” via Leo Mirani at Quartz.

As a mobile app company we know (and love and hate) the choices you have to make when supporting multiple devices and OS’s. It’s easy to get tunnel vision and think about amazing experiences that we can build on the latest, high-powered devices; Mxit’s potential success is another great reminder that for large portions of users in developing countries, feature phones remain the primary (and sometimes only) way they experience the mobile internet.