Private messaging app Wickr redesigns amid fundraising
Wickr revamped its private messaging app today. The firm also received USD300,000 in funding from Gilman Louie, the founder of CIA-run venture company In-Q-Tel, according to a report published by VentureBeat today.
A Form D filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today shows the amount Wickr had received from Louie. The messaging app is in the middle of a USD7.4 million funding round with Louie as the director, the report said.
Taking advantage of iOs7, Wickr's redesigned app has a cleaner and brighter design. This version will likely be more appealing to younger users, said the report.
According to Nico Sell and her fellow Wickr founders, users cannot really trust other systems like Google and Skype. Most companies keep a "master key" to open data transactions even though they are encrypted. With Wickr, users can "leave no trace" when it comes to communications. The data cannot be collected even through subpoena, the report explained.
The app has gained attention since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden went public with spying revelations, VentureBeat reported.