In general, these apps all do one of two things — (1) give people a way to express themselves visually, by creating art, stickers, or even avatars that make interacting with their friends more fun and expressive. (2) connect and communicate in new ways. These both have pretty universal demand — and the interest in even downloading and exploring them shows there are many opportunities not solved by the biggest companies. That said, it takes a lot of work to make something sticky and long term — one can still question whether that’s possible in this era of large companies and networks.
…felt like it lasted days. Our newest investor, Mark Flynn from GSV Capital, was the first to speak: “we invested in Lytro because we were excited about the potential of Light Field technology and believed in the team, not because we wanted to be in the consumer electronics business. If you think you have a better path, go make it happen.”