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The funny thing about tech is all of us founders are 20 or early-30-somethings, and, OK, we’re growing older, but nobody knows what they are doing when they are 20 or 30-something.

Kevin Systrom (American Entrepreneur)

500 million is a milestone very few companies get to. This scale is not a badge on our uniform, but a signal of our ambition.

Kevin Systrom (American Entrepreneur)

Mike Krieger (my co-founder) and I created Instagram because we wanted a way to communicate visually.

Kevin Systrom (American Entrepreneur)

If we can have a billion or a billion and a half on Instagram, we get closer to capturing every experience in the world.

Kevin Systrom (American Entrepreneur)

Instagram was created because there was no single place dedicated to giving your mobile photos a place to live and to be seen.

Kevin Systrom (American Entrepreneur)

[Co-founder Mike Krieger] and I both realized really quickly that something big was going to happen, because of everyone walking around with cell phones with a camera attached to them.

Kevin Systrom (American Entrepreneur)

We identified three problems. No. 1: Most photos apps back then were really slow, and networks were really slow. We worked really hard to make sure photos were uploaded really efficiently. I mean, we only uploaded a small square.

Kevin Systrom (American Entrepreneur)

I think companies that fail are typically companies that look at themselves as a set of features

Kevin Systrom (American Entrepreneur)

Companies that succeed look at themselves as mission-based companies. So if Instagram's mission is to make sure that everyone can capture and share the world’s moments, and use them to form stronger relationships with one another, how do you say to someone, ‘I'm sorry, you can't post that photo unless you crop it into a square and fit everyone in’? That's a ridiculous argument.

Kevin Systrom (American Entrepreneur)

We push code to Instagram like 20 times per day. For us, if it’s ready, it goes out.

Mike Krieger (Co-Founder Instagram)

The other changes is all the integrations we have been able to do with Facebook technologies. All our infrastructure now is powered by Facebook, which is very important to help us focus on monetization and our business products.

Mike Krieger (Co-Founder Instagram)

What didn’t change is that Kevin and I are still making the product decisions and running the teams. I give Mark a lot of credit for this. It is not an easy balance to strike.

Mike Krieger (Co-Founder Instagram)

We’ve been obsessive. From day one the thing we wanted to do was make it fast, be it on the client or on the server.

Mike Krieger (Co-Founder Instagram)

(First image that was ever posted on Instagram) My co-founder, Kevin Systrom, had just come back from Mexico, and he posted a photo of a very small dog that he had seen there.

Mike Krieger (Co-Founder Instagram)

The fact that Facebook [pushes code twice per day] is actually still impressive given how many engineers they have.

Mike Krieger (Co-Founder Instagram)

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