Born 30 December, 1983 in Massachusetts. Systrom attend Middlesex School, Massachusetts where he was acquainted with PC programming, Went to Stanford University where he graduated in B.S. in management science and engineering. It was here, where he first time got first taste of the startup world chosen for a program of highly prestigious Mayfield Fellows Program at Stanford University. The fellowship led to his internship at Odeo, the company that eventually gave rise to Twitter.
After graduating Stanford, he joined Google as an associate product marketing manager, working on Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, Spreadsheets and other products. It was during this time, he managed to learn how to code as well. He spent two years at Google after that went to a startup Burbn founded by ex Googlers. Later on he left the job since the idea was not transforming into a form of a company.
After leaving Google and Burbn, he decided to switch gears and together with Mike Krieger (co-founder Instagram), make a photo sharing app with the location based feature which he learned at Burbn, after hearing that Facebook was doing something similar with check-ins. Which eventually resulted in what is called as “Instagram”.
Since most of Instagram’s code came from Burbn, it only took about eight weeks to build Instagram with just two developers. A month after launching, Instagram had grown to 1 million users. A year later, Instagram hit more than 10 million users. In 2013, its former competitor, Facebook, acquired the photo sharing app in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $1 billion at the time. Even though Facebook owns Instagram, the photo-sharing app still exists outside of Facebook.
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If you’ve got an idea, start today. There’s no better time than now to get going. That doesn’t mean quit your job and jump into your idea 100% from day one, but there’s always small progress that can be made to start the movement.
~ Kevin Systrom