Instagram – An Online Idea For $1 Billion
In 2012, there was an announcement from Facebook – they were buying Instagram for the price of $1 billion. A company started just a few years ago by two young entrepreneurs, has brought them to the world of super riches. A company that had no revenue, only 13 employees and completely no profits by the time of the deal… Who would be so insane to pay a billion for such a business?!? Well, actually Instagram had one thing that was far more valuable – potential. And this is what the managers of the biggest social network spotted there. Here is how all this happened…
Everything began when Kevin Systrom and Michel Krieger, who was working on a project bringing mobile location check-in game-play to mobile browsers called Burbn., decided to focus it on mobile photography. They started searching for some funding to further develop the idea. On the 5th of September, 2010, Kevin managed to arrange $500 000 from two venture capital companies – Andreessen Horowitz and Baseline Ventures, which actually put the start of Instagram.
In October 2010, the first version of the Instagram mobile application was released on the App Store. Initially, it had only 80 registered users. Since then, the young company hasn’t stopped growing. Just two months later, in December of the same year, the number of registered users reached 1 million. Another two months later, the number of users doubled and they were sharing around 300 000 pictures daily. By February 2011 there were plenty of investors, who wanted to put their cash in this exploding business. Instagram got a second round of funding, raising $7 million from various investors like Jack Dorsey (one of the founders of Twitter), Benchmark Capital, Adam D’Angelo and others. The fresh money gave another boost to the growth of the business. By July 2011, the registered users tripled and reached 6 million.
By August 2011, Facebook had already spotted Instagram and they tried to buy the booming startup, but unsuccessfully. The social kings then announced that they were developing a system of photo filters, hoping to grasp a piece of the booming market of Instagram, unsuccessfully, too…
In January 2012, Instagram already had 15 million users from all around the world. Three months later, in April 2012, the company released its Android application and published it for free download on Google Play. In that same months, the popular venture company – Sequoia Capital bought a share of the business for $50 million. That share should have been 105 because it valued the company at $500 million.
Facebook realized that they were missing the train. They wanted that business and they decided to buy it. They offered the astonishing 1 billion dollars for the company, doubling its price, at which Sequoia Capital invested days ago. This was how the two founders – Kevin Systrom and Michel Krieger found themselves multimillionaires.
Want to try the app? Download Instagram here:
Instagram for PC:
http://instagram-for-chrome.en.softonic.com/ – this is an extension for Google Chrome
Use Instagrille to sign up/log in on Instagram from your PC – https://www.pokki.com/app/Instagrille
Instagram online – https://instagram.com/accounts/login/ – here you can Log In from any browser.
Get it for iPhone, iPad, iPod on The App Store: http://instagram.com/download/ios/
Get it for Android on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instagram.android