Dispo lets users take pictures through disposable camera filters and locks them for viewing until 9am the next day, imitating the vintage experiences of 90s photographers.
You may know David Dobrik for his YouTube vlogs and Madison Beer antics, but he’s also a savvy venture capitalist and tech innovator.
His invite-only, ‘in the moment’ vintage photography app Dispo launched in beta last year, generating significant buzz with his sizeable YouTube audience. It has now raised over $20 million USD in funding and is already estimated to be worth $200 million USD. Not bad for a 24-year-old, eh?
The app recreates the vibe and feeling of 90s photography, giving users a variety of filter options and locking photos away until the following day. It cashes in both on millennial nostalgia and Gen Z curiosity for a time before immediate images and selfies, leaning heavily on the idea of being present and away from your screen.
Think of any retro aesthetic TikTok and turn that vibe into an app and you’ll land on something akin to Dispo. It looks likely to become an extremely popular platform in 2021 and we’ll no doubt be seeing it far more frequently by the end of the year, especially if lockdowns finally lift and we’re all allowed to venture into the streets again.