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Ben Rubin
Most Creative People 2017

Ben Rubin

Founder and CEO, Houseparty

For getting the party started

When it launched in early 2016, Houseparty was an immediate hit, attracting more than a million daily active users in just a few months (it now has almost 2 million). The video-hangout app—a stripped-down, youth-oriented take on Skype where groups of people in different locales can drop in on a whim and converse with each other—was built by a team led by Ben Rubin, who had previously created live-streaming pioneer Meerkat. “We wanted a place where you could casually meet 20 people you care about with­­out having to schedule anything,” says Rubin, whose company secured a $50 million investment from Sequoia Capital in December 2016. “You don’t need to set up a call and feel awkward for FaceTiming somebody.”

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