Focusing on one thing and doing it really, really well can get you very far.— Kevin Systrom
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If you've got an idea, start today. There's no better time than now to get going.
I promise you, a lot of it is luck. But you make your own luck by working really hard and trying lots and lots of things.
If you've got an idea, start today. There's no better time than now to get going. That doesn't mean quit your job and jump into your idea 100 percent from day one, but there's always small progress that can be made to start the movement.
Instagram was created because there was no single place dedicated to giving your mobile photos a place to live and to be seen.
Every startup should address a real and demonstrated need in the world.
If you build a solution to a problem lots of people have, it's so easy to sell your product to the world.
I think not focusing on money makes you sane, because in the long run it can probably drive you crazy.
We just want to build a company that focuses on the love of Instagram.
With Instagram, the focus is on the present tense.
Instagram is a media company. I think we're about visual media.
I love challenging the notion that, in order to be a tech founder, you have to be holed up in a dark room wearing a T-shirt and baggy jeans.
The major reason why Instagram works is that you can follow anyone out there and start following their photos immediately.
I was never as focused in math, science, computer science, etcetera, as the people who were best at it. I wanted to create amazing screensavers that did beautiful visualizations of music. It's like, "Oh, I have to learn computer science to do that."
I really appreciate crafts. I like cooking. I love food and drink. I love owning that through Instagram. Although that can be challenging at times because it doesn't fit people's stereotypes of a technical founder.
The number of people who have either gotten married or had kids or started dating or just made great friends over Instagram is countless. I think we're the only platform that continues to be successful in bringing people together in real life for these real relationships.
In the past, people have looked at photos as a record of memory.
The focus has been on the past tense. With Instagram, the focus is on the present tense.
What's awesome about social media is you curate your own experience.
That leads to the rise of niche celebrities, who are actually just as popular as mass celebrities, but because there's no incentive for traditional media to invest in them as celebrities, they find a home where people can follow them on Instagram.
I believe photos is one of the underlying things in every social network that becomes successful.
There's real beauty in pushing yourself to expose the real you in more ways.
Working at a startup to make a lot of money was never a thing, and that's why I decided to just finish up school. That was way more important for me.
Everyone gets lucky for some amount in their life.
And the question is, are you alert enough to know you're being lucky or you're becoming lucky?
I really value passion for the product above experience.
Great products sell themselves.
Our goal is to not just be a photo-sharing app, but to be the way you share your life when you're on the go.
When people say that college isn't worthwhile and paying all this money isn't worthwhile, I really disagree. I think those experiences and those classes that may not necessarily seem applicable in the moment end up coming back to you time and time again.
I have a pretty random life. I run a business and go all over the world doing things for that business, things that are fairly orthogonal. But my job is to run my company, not to be the best Instagrammer. I'll let other people be awesome at it.
Above all else, products spread when they're useful and they're usable
People have presences, both online and in real life.
You can choose to show everything, meaning all sides of you, or you can choose to be selective.
The best products in the world have a point of view. The worst products have none.
Teens just understand the world in ways I don't think any of us adults do.
Obviously, being the CEO, there are a lot of eyes on what you do and what you post and how you post, and I think one of the challenges of Instagram in general is that, as we get bigger, there are just more voices in the room, more eyes on everyone's accounts.
You can be a couple in London who happen to take pictures of their breakfasts every day - it's called @symmetrybreakfast - and you can gain hundreds of thousands of followers overnight because people are genuinely interested in your unique angle on the world.
The best feature is less features.
The world runs on luck.
Every photo you take communicates something about a moment in time - a brief slice of time of where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing.
What people tell you and how they act is very, very different sometimes.
You need to find people that are drawn to the idea that you build, and they end up taking it and making it even better.
In my fourth grade classroom, I even instituted a government structure, because I was really interested in people having positions and there being law.
I grew up as a photo nut. Every Christmas I would get a new camera. It's a huge part of my life.
People always told me photos have been done. My feeling was, these people are wrong.
People interact with their phones very differently than they do with their PCs and I think that when you design from the ground up with mobile in mind, you create a very different product than going the other way.
Having a company that's successful is a wonderful platform to do new things.
You don't have to raise money for it; you can take profits from the company and pump them into new business.
We're just taking people and shifting them from taking photos anyway to taking them on Instagram.
You need to fail in order to find the right solution.
I've always been into taking my photos, cropping them square, putting them through a filter in Photoshop.
On the intimate relationships, I'd say you can be someone who wouldn't normally get attention in traditional media and come onto Instagram and build this massive following.
A lot of the earliest Instagram celebrities took really beautiful photos.
But you're starting to see a change where it's not about beauty; it's about the story that you tell.
I don't think you should ever start a business and move in a direction where you can't see it becoming a business.
I really love connecting people, creating communities.
As a kid, creation was something that I always loved.
I always look toward teens on Instagram to really understand what's going on.
For some reason, when you're a teen, you just understand the world better than anyone else.