Lately, the press hasn’t been kind to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.
He’s been portrayed as a brute who screwed over a former friend to found Snapchat. There’s a profile that paints him as a stuck-up brat. And people are angry he hasn’t apologized to the 4.6 million users whose accounts were hacked on Snapchat.
Today, Forbes has a feature article on Snapchat and the intro plays right into Spiegel’s negative profile:
According to Forbes, Mark Zuckerberg emailed Evan Spiegel to speak, and Spiegel gave a disrespectful response:
“Mark Zuckerberg, the richest twenty something in history, reached out to Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel…with an invitation, delivered to his personal email account: Come to Menlo Park and Let’s get to know each other. Spiegel…responded to his role model thusly: I’m happy to meet you… if you come to me.”
Spiegel’s response sounds arrogant. What no-name startup founder tells a CEO worth $20 billion to fly to him?
But in a tweet to Business Insider, Spiegel refuted the Forbes report, saying the email exchange between him and Zuckerberg was much more cordial.