PHOTOS | From the Venice boardwalk to Wall Street: Snapchat’s path to an IPO
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The offices of Snapchat along Ocean Front Walk in Venice on May 6, 2013.
Micha Schaffer, from left, Evan Spiegel and Allison Beck, work at Snapchat headquarters on Ocean Front Walk in Venice on May 6, 2013.
Bobby Murphy, 24, left, and Evan Spiegel, 22, co-creators of Snapchat, at the company's offices on Ocean Front Walk in Venice on May 6, 2013.
Snapchat geofilter overlays: Snapchat-created geofilter, community-created geofilter, and commercial geofilter for McDonald's.
Snapchat faced criticism in 2016 for a sponsored lens that turned users into Bob Marley.
People wait in line to collect their Snapchat Spectacles; video camera-enabled sunglasses from Snap Inc. that went on sale in November through a sidewalk vending machine in Venice. About 150 people kept a constant line waiting about three hours for the opportunity to purchase the glasses for $130.
Danielle Mitchell, right, joins her fellow Venice residents, business owners, artists and landlords in a protest in front of the "Snapchat Campus" on Market Street in Venice on Feb. 28, 2017. Local residents and community groups are upset with Snapchat for what they believe is the co-opting of Venice landmarks and rendering them private and turning beachfront residential properties into office space, which they say is a violation of zoning regulations.
Employees of Snap enter one of several Snap buildings along Market Street in Venice shortly before the company's initial public offering.
CEO Evan Spiegel, center, rings the bell at the NYSE for its debut, along with colleague Bobby Murphy, left, and NYSE President Thomas Farley. Snap Inc. is the parent company of Snapchat.
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, right, enters the trading floor before he rings the bell at the NYSE for its debut. With him is NYSE President Thomas Farley.