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Dec 8, 2017

A next-gen Bitmoji competitor just came out of stealth and is valued at $100M from top investors. Genies enables you to create a digital clone of yourself that reacts to the news in real-time throughout the day and be shared with friends.

It's like Apple's new Animojis, but more expressive (and without an iPhone X). The creators see this not only as a form of self-expression, but also as a source for news. For example, a Genie could react to news that Elon Musk’s SpaceX landed its Falcon 9 rocket with an avatar shooting into space.

I talk to Akash Nigam, CEO of Genies about how Avatars are about to take off in a major way with advancements in AR and facial recognition technology.