Success Story of Kevin Systrom, Instagram Founder
Kevin Systrom is an American computer programmer & entrepreneur. He is a co‑founder & CEO of Instagram, the world’s largest photo sharing website, along with Mike Krieger.
In 2016, he was included on the list of America’s Richest Entrepreneurs under 40. As of September 2017, Instagram became a fast growing app, with 800 million monthly users.
On 24th September 2018, he resigned as the CEO of instagram. Kevin was born on 30th December 1983 in Holliston, Massachusetts.
He is the son of Diane. Diane was a marketing executive at Zipcar, who also worked at Monster and Swapit during the first dotcom bubble, and Douglas Systrom, Vice President in Human Resources at TJX Companies.
Kevin attended Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts. There he was introduced to computer programming.
Then his interest grew up by playing Doom 2, he created his own levels as a child. While he was in high school, he worked at Boston Beat a vinyl record music store in Boston.
In 2006, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University. There he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.
He refused a recruitment offer from Mark Zuckerberg and spent the winter term of his third year in Florence, where he studied photography.
He received his first taste of the start-up world when he was chosen as one of twelve students to participate in the Mayfield Fellows Program at Stanford University.
He did his internship at Odeo, the company that eventually gave rise to Twitter. On 31st October 2016, he got married to Nicole Schuetz.
She is a founder and CEO of clean-energy investment firm Sutro Energy Group, in Napa, California. In 2010, he co-founded instagram with Mike Krieger in San Francisco, California.
It was the photo-sharing and later video-sharing social networking service. Instagram, along with 13 employees, was sold to Facebook for US$1 billion in cash and stock in April 2012.
Kevin was listed in the Forbes “Under 30” list under the “Social/Mobile category” in 2014. He became board member of Walmart during September 2014 to May 2018.
He was ranked as a billionaire with an estimated net worth of US$1.1 billion in 2016. At present, they have over 400 million active users.
He still takes care of the overall vision and strategy along with day-to-day operations of this not-so old start-up.