Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel Admits To Betraying His Co-Founder In Court Deposition Videos


Business Insider has released deposition videos of Bobby Murphy and Evan Spiegel — co-founders of Snapchat — admitting that their fraternity brother Reggie Brown was the original creator of the ‘disappearing photos’ concept.

Brown is currently suing the company for equity, and is now a student at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, according to his LinkedIn profile.

First, let’s talk about Mr. Spiegel; considering this guy’s dad is one of L.A.’s most powerful tax attorneys, he ties himself into some pretty surprising knots during the deposition.

During the video, when asked if Brown had ever helped him build an application, Spiegel answers “no;” one minute later, he is shown the e-mail below.

spiegel snapchat email trial

Later, Spiegel is asked, “Do you think Reggie deserves anything for the contributions he made on the project?”

Pregnant pause…and then, “Um, Reggie may deserve something for some of his contributions.”

Yikes! Give ’em an inch and they’ll take a mile, Evan!

His co-defendant Bobby Murphy has no better luck; a lawyer asks him if he ever listed Reggie as an “employer” on the project, and Murphy says, “Not that I can remember.” A few seconds later, he is shown the below email:

Murphy exhibit snapchat trial

Murphy is clearly taken aback by the e-mail, but contends that, “I don’t have a specific recollection of this happening … although I would say that it would have been unclear to me what … tagging someone as an ’employer’ under Facebook would mean.”

Here’s that video:

Despite his backtracking and dodgy answers, Spiegel somehow comes out as pretty humane in the clips; at one point, he speaks poignantly about his relationship with Reggie.

“Because he was my friend, and he was excited about the project, and I wanted to include him,” Spiegel tells the lawyer, when asked why he went to go search for a coder with Reggie.

All’s fair in love and war, kids. Check out Business Insider for the full videos.