The first employees of Snapchat, like Dropbox, relied almost entirely on an alumni network. A majority of the first 20 or so hires was either a recent Stanford undergrad or a Masters student with less than two years of experience. In contrast, however, a few early executives of the company had much more industry experience to help advise and guide the company through its massive growth period.
While it has come a long way from its initial conception as a sexting app, Snapchat has received negative press on a number of occasions, mostly because of the antics of some of its early team members. Founder Evan Spiegel’s leaked emails and first hire David Kravitz’s misogynistic posts on social media gave the impression that Snapchat was being run by a bunch of "Stanford frat brothers". However, other than a "Stanford bias", there is nothing peculiar about the early team —- after all, it’s certainly not uncommon in the Valley to have an early team made up of mostly male Stanford graduates.