“Who’s, like, the smartest person I know who I can call up?” Mr. Systrom remembered thinking. ...a former chief technology officer at Facebook ... Mr. D’Angelo became Instagram’s lifeline.
Mr. D’Angelo, a 2006 graduate of the California Institute of Technology, helped him find engineers, set up databases and flesh out features.
Instagram took off like a rocket, in part because Mr. Systrom had whipped up demand. ... Mr. Systrom let some influential technology bloggers and contacts, like Mr. Dorsey of Twitter, try a test version of the app before its official release.
One Billion in Two Years
How Instagram founder Kevin Systrom became insta-rich
- Keep it very simple
- Don’t re-invent the wheel
- Go with proven and solid technologies when you can
Choosing Technologies for Your Web Startup
All very cool readings.