All About the Man
Evan spent much of his growing up years in Pacific Palisades, a wealthy Los Angeles suburb. He leads a privileged life — expensive cars, exclusive club memberships and fancy vacations.
He majored in product design and started a handful of companies with Bobby Murphy, his fraternity brother. Though their early start-ups flopped, they plodded on.
At Stanford, he met some of the men who would become his mentors, including Eric Schmidt, the Google chairman; and Scott Cook, then the chief executive of Intuit. Eric would later state in interviews that he considered Evan Spiegel “the next Gates or Zuckerberg.”
When Snapchat began taking off, Evan did not wait to graduate from Stanford. He hastened to move the company to the Venice Beach boardwalk, away from what he considered as Silicon Valley’s too-narrow focus on technology.