India is ranked 159th out of 230 countries by GDP per capita, according to the Central Intelligence Agency.
Pompliano, who worked at Snap (then Snapchat) in 2015 for three weeks, alleges Spiegel made the comments in a meeting to discuss the company's global expansion plans, according to Variety.
After the issue has hit the media, Snapchat has now replied, "This is ridiculous".
Run an early-stage company? At least one of them attributed the comments directly to Spiegel rather than to Pompliano's lawsuit.
The complaint was unsealed last week, revealing an allegation that Evan Spiegel, the company's CEO, once told Anthony Pompliano he had no interest in expanding Snapchat into poor countries like India and Spain.
Snapchat CEO dismissed India as "Poor": Says ex-employee - Snapchat gets a pathetic response from all over India. Turns out that many people thought the campaign was against Snapdeal and started uninstalling the Snapdeal app. Denying an employee's claims of Snapchat being termed as a "rich people's app", he said the "disgruntled employee fired for poor performance". "It's available worldwide to download for free".
The incident marks the latest event in which a company's reputation has taken a hit because of an employee's poor choice of words. Now angry users in India have posted negative ratings on the App Store, pushing the rating for the current version of the app to a single star.
As part of the lawsuit, Pompliano said he raised concerns about Snapchat's low usage in India and Spain, which he saw as potential growth areas. Shares of Snap have fallen 26 percent from their highest closing price following the public listing, and they remain up 17 percent from the company's $17 IPO price. "What according to you defines "POOR" #boycottsnapchat" said one person. "Snap will demonstrate as much at the appropriate time in the appropriate forum", YourStory quoted excerpts from the official statement as saying.