Evan Speigel, the CEO of the $4 billion startup Snapchat (yeah, the one that hasn't made a single dollar yet) is an avid Twitter user. Between hanging out with his reality TV star girlfriend and screwing over his friend out of potential billions and not really showing any remorse over it, Speigel has the time to also sound off on Windows Phone.
A few weeks ago, a Windows Phone user tweeted at Spiegel, asking whether or not an official version of Snapchat would ever hit the Windows Phone app store. Spiegel's response? "Didn't think anyone used those ;)"
But, Speigel's wrong. Obviously Windows Phone isn't as big as iOS or Android, but the OS's market share has grown considerably - especially with Blackberry's recent struggles. Between the third quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2013, Windows Phone's market share has grown 156%.
And its not as though there isn't a demand for Snapchat on Windows Phone. There's an app on the Windows Phone app store called 6Snap, which is the "unofficial" version of Snapchat for Windows Phone users. 6Snap actually seems like it could be even more useful than Snapchat, and has a ton of interesting features like sending snaps to all of your friends and viewing snaps without holding your finger on the screen. And then there was Swapchat, which was a popular app but was taken down after copyright claims filed by Snapchat itself.
While the copyright claims made it seem like Snapchat was developing an app for Windows Phone, that was back in July and there still isn't an official Snapchat app. Recent rumors suggest that the LA startup is waiting for a minor API update that allow apps to document when screenshots are taken - an integral part of Snapchat. While the update is due sometime in "November/December," judging from his tweets it seems like Evan Spiegel doesn't really cares whether or not Snapchat releases a Windows Phone app.
Why is this important? As Snapchat continues to get ridiculed across the Internet for making absolutely no money and a compelling piece of evidence that we're in the midst of a tech bubble, Speigel will be under more and more pressure to monetize Snapchat-from both investors and analysts. And by alienating a rapidly growing platform - where there's clearly a demand for his product - Spiegel is hurting his own business and losing out on potential users, something a CEO should never do.