Snapchat almost acqui-hired anonymous app Secret

Evan Spiegel secretly tried to hire away the team at Secret, but the price was too high. That’s according to three sources familiar with the deal who spoke to TechCrunch. The information expands and clarifies a report from the new book about Snapchat’s origin story coming out next week called “How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars” by former TechCrunch writer Billy Gallagher.

TechCrunch got an early look at the book that includes bombshells about how Snapchat got started. I’ll be interviewing Gallagher at a launch party and signing at Books Inc. in San Francisco on February 12th at 7pm.

In 2013 and 2014, Snapchat raised more than $650 million, giving it a solid war chest to acquire fellow startups. It would eventually buy AddLive for $30 million to power video calling,…

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