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Twitter buys chat app founded by entrepreneur who sold first start-up to Yahoo
Oct 21, 2021 | CNBC
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LONDON — Twitter announced that it's acquired a chat app called Sphere, which was co-founded by British serial entrepreneur Nick D'Aloisio.

Incorporated in 2016, Sphere started out as a real-time question and answer app that involved micropayments before it pivoted to become more of a group chat app.

Between 2017 and 2019, it raised around $30 million from investors including Index Ventures, Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky, Tinder co-founder Sean Rad and Sequoia venture capitalist Mike Moritz.

"It's really important and necessary in order to achieve impact to partner with the right companies at the right time that have similar visions and ideas," D'Aloisio told CNBC on a call.

Roughly 500,000 people used the first version of the app, D'Aloisio said, but he declined to comment on the latest user numbers.

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