Snap's former head of engineering is teaming up with 2 ex-colleagues to launch a new startup
- Timothy Sehn, Snap's former senior vice president of engineering, announced Monday night that he's no longer retired an will be founding a company called Liquidata, along with two other former Snap engineers.
- Liquidata is a Data as a Service company headquartered in Santa Monica.
- The company plans to release its first product in early 2019.
Last November, Timothy Sehn, Snap's then senior vice president of engineering, made headlines when he announced he was leaving the company.
On Monday night he announced that he has emerged with a brand new startup.
On LinkedIn, Sehn posted that he will be starting a company called Liquidata with two former Snapchat employees: former software developer Aaron Son, who left the company in July, and former software engineer Brian Hendriks who just left the company in August.
Liquidata will be a Data as a Service company, and be headquartered in Santa Monica. Data as a Service refers to the provision of data and data-driven insights to customers in order to help with business growth. These insights can be used for marketing, sales, research, and more. The company plans to release its first product in early 2019.
Sehn, who was one of Snap's top and highest-paid executives, joined Snap in September 2013 as one of the earliest employees, and he grew the company's engineering team by more than 10 times over four years. His name is on some of Snap's most significant patents, which range from "object recognition based photo filters" to "user interface to augment an image." He also invented Snapchat Geofilters.
During his time at Snap, Snapchat also scaled from 5 million to 180 daily active users. He drove the team building Snapchat products like Stories and Maps and technically integrating major acquisitions like Bitmoji and Looksery.
Son and Hendriks also joined Snap in 2013, and they both stayed for almost five years.
Before joining Snap, Sehn spent over a decade at Amazon where he started as an intern and eventually became an engineering director.
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