Super-Secure, Temporary Texts Draw Interest Of Business Crowd

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.

This week, Watson talks with host Arun Rath about a new texting service that promises tight security. While Snapchat has become a popular way to text photos that disappear after a number of seconds, recent hacks have raised questions about its security. A service called Privatext provides an alternative that has gained interest among some professionals.

They also discuss a shift in corporate structure that encourages big companies to look out for employees and customers as much as they do for shareholders.

The New And The Next

  • Texting For The Professional Crowd

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    "There's a new company called Privatext that realizes more and more people wanted to send risque, or just important and confidential texts to each other, but there was a concern about how easily they could keep it private ...

    Privatext allows you to send a text from one person to another, where you've got a special pincode, they've got a special pincode ... It's up to you how long the text remains in the other person's phone.

    "Privatext is, interestingly enough, finding interest in two areas. One: among business people — imagine someone in the middle of some kind of important deal or negotiation. And then hospitals."

    Read 'Unhackable Text Messaging Comes To Smartphones' On Ozy.com

  • Big Companies With Benefits In The Bottom Line

    "There's a whole new designation [for companies], something called a B Corp, which stands for Benefit Corp. And the idea there is that not only do profits matter, but that you're also able to measure its impact on planet, as well as its impact on people.

    "So it's a triple bottom line kind of company that now 20 states have authorized and you're seeing a lot of hot companies make that decision."

    Read 'Bigger Gets Better' On Ozy.com

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