Are you ready to be sickened? It took 27-year-old Kevin Systrom (pictured) and a colleague just eight weeks to put together Instagram, the online platform that enables Apple device users to share digital photos. In short order, the service has attracted five million users and $7.5 million in venture capital.
Via boxed out profile put together by San Francisco based LA Times technology reporter Jessica Guynn, Systrom also proves that indoor summer camp electives can be as key for future tech nerds as those outdoor basketball workouts are for fellow would-be future NBA stars:
Systrom came to appreciate digital photography after taking a Photoshop software class at summer camp. Photography remained a hobby while Systrom attended Stanford University. There he created a service called Photobox, which caught the attention of Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg and one of his top lieutenants, Adam D’Angelo.
Thirty to 40 people are now signing up with Instagram each minute, with Systrom and just a few other employees keeping watch from former Twitter HQ offices that they have dubbed “the cave.”
[Photo credit: Josh Riedel]
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