Congratulations Kik: a Billion Dollars Started With a Remarkable MVP

Posted on September 22nd, 2015.

WATERLOO, Ontario - Sept. 22, 2015 - It was late in 2009 when Ted contacted us to build his MVP for the Kik chat app. He had already created a chat app for blackberry called Unsynced, and he wanted to take it to the next level. Even at that early date, he wanted to create a unicorn app that would be embraced by millions of users. In order to achieve that he knew that he had to be on the hot new iPhone, and that meant calling someone who could create an exceptional app on an exceptional platform. He called Monolith.

Over the next half year the Monolith team worked with Kik’s developers and designers to build the Minimum Viable Product. We built a powerful chat engine and integrated with an all-new backend server that could power the mega-growth that Ted was expecting. We put in pixel-perfect art, added SMS and address book integration, and generally were involved in the genesis of something totally amazing. It was a great time to be at work.

We knew that Kik had something special. We found out just how special it was when the app suddenly exploded by over a million users in under a week. That was just the beginning of the road to today — 200 million+ users, and a valuation of over ONE BILLION DOLLARS.

Kik’s explosive (and well-deserved) growth has confirmed our belief that proper architecture and system design is something that must be an element of every project from the start. We’re proud to have been a part of this awesome process and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Kik.

Congrats Kik!

About Monolith Apps

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