Niantic CEO John Hanke will take the stage today at TechCrunch's Disrupt SF.
John Hanke leads the most hyped startup of the summer. Niantic, maker of Pokemon Go, got hit by the problem every startup dreams of - viral success. Niantic's CEO John Hanke will talk about the experience of sudden success and how to deal with it at TechCrunch's Disrupt SF 2016 today at 1:40pm PDT.
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TechCrunch is streaming the Disrupt SF 2016 event live online on the Techcrunch.com. The Agenda lists John Hanke's appears as "Hunting Rare Pokemon with John Hanke (Niantic Labs)."
Hanke just has been on stage at the Apple iPhone event last week announcing the Pokemon Go Apple Watch app. He also revealed that the Pokemon Go app was downloaded over 500 million times since its launch on July 6. Does Hanke have anything new to reveal today at Disrupt?
Niantic is right now in yet another hot mess. Actually not just one but two. On Saturday Niantic announced the release of the Pokemon Go update with the Buddy feature. It has started to roll out on Google Play, but slow. The new app has still not been released on iOS. To make matters worse, Niantic has not provided an explanation or update on the release schedule.
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The second hot mess is the blocking of rooted Android and jailbroken iPhones. There is a huge community of Android power users that have rooted devices to run tweaks and custom apps. They are legit Pokemon Go players but are now locked. Which is not really true any more as methods quickly surfaced on how to run Pokemon Go on rooted devices quite easily.