From the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to your Sunday eggs Benedict in the Mission, Instagram is documenting the world around us. Since its release in October 2010, this digital filter app is reported to have surpassed 100 million registered users, with peak uploads at over 200 photographs per second — launching co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom to nearly insta-fame. And their eye-catching communications platform has not left the limelight. Despite media feeding frenzys over Instagram’s $1 billion dollar acquisition by Facebook and a controversial policy-change announcement in December 2012, heightened scrutiny doesn’t seem to be keeping users at bay. Join @mikeykand @kevin for a conversation with #nofilter at the Castro Theatre.
Mike Krieger co-founded the photo-sharing social network Instagram, where he is the head of engineering. In 2010, Krieger joined forces with Kevin Systrom to transform a location-based social network named Burbn into the world’s most popular photo-editing and -sharing app. Within hours of launch, 25,000 people had downloaded Instagram. Within months, it had a million users. Over the past five years, Krieger has steered Instagram’s infrastructure through rapid and massive growth. Today, the service has more than 300 million active users. Krieger studied Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, a mix of computer science, design, and cognitive science.
Kevin Rose is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Revision3, Digg, Pownce, and Milk. He also served as production assistant and co-host at TechTV's The Screen Savers. He is currently a venture partner at Google.
Kevin (@kevin) graduated from Stanford University in 2006 with a BS in Management Science & Engineering. He got his first taste of the startup world when he was an intern at Odeo that later became Twitter. He spent two years at Google - the first of which was working on Gmail, Google Reader, and other products and the latter where he worked on the Corporate Development team. Kevin has always had a passion for social products that enable people to communicate more easily, and combined with his passion for photography Instagram is a natural fit.