Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom knew all the right people in Silicon Valley to get take his startup from idea to $1 billion Facebook buyout. But it seems Systrom had connections to the social network throughout his career.
The New York Times released a background of Systrom’s career Saturday, which opened on a scene the Instagram co-founder laid out for a group of Stanford students in May 2011. He retold the night he and co-founder Mike Krieger launched the photo-sharing application, which is where his company had its first connection to Facebook.
It happened in the early hours of the morning in October 2010. The two were working off of a small server in Los Angeles, and had no clue that thousands of people would suddenly download and knock the application offline.
“There’s no motivation like having people knock at your door saying, “I want to use your product, like, fix your thing,’” said Krieger in the Stanford talk.