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Secret’s Founder on the Problems With Anonymity

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Imzy Is a Kinder, Gentler Reddit. If It Can Stay That Way.

Secret doesn't do anonymous anymore. 

Yeah, Secret filled up quickly with lies and meanness. Hard to keep such a thing going. 


"Last summer [2014], employees at the start-up Secret gathered in their new offices in downtown San Francisco, waiting for the founders to address the company. Secret had recently raised $25 million to work on its smartphone app, which lets users anonymously share information with groups of friends and connections.

But the news had broken that David Byttow and Chrys Bader, the founders of Secret, had sold part of their stake in the company for $6 million and that Mr. Byttow later bought a Ferrari. The founders did not initially tell the employees about the sale; instead, some of them found out on Secret.

Although Mr. Byttow and Mr. Bader reassured workers at the meeting that they were dedicated to the company, it was a turning point, said people close to Secret, who spoke on condition of anonymity. It shook the confidence of some workers, they said: If the founders had taken money off the table, it could mean they were protecting themselves against Secret’s failing.”

Then again Airbnb founders did the same thing and their company is doing fine. 

Higher motivation – designed for users to save money, not just to chat, ramble.

Yeah true. Hard to believe Secret raised so much money. 

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