Instagram is the kind of success story entrepreneurs dream about. Launched in 2010, it gained over 100 million users within its first two years, and today has more than six times that number.
NPR's How I Built This interviewed Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom to find out how this simple photo sharing app became an overnight success and attracted enough attention that Facebook bought it for a cool $1.1 billion in 2012. The episode is worth listening to, as is the previous week's interview with Spanx founder Sara Blakely.
Here are 10 key takeaways for people interested in founding their own tech startup:
Oops, did it again! Clicked "send" on an email and immediately wished I could take it back. It's so easy to give the wrong message, especially when you are preoccupied or in a rush. You came off as snide, obnoxious, rude or demanding, when really you just weren't paying attention. Now that business associate you've never met, the college admissions adviser you are hoping to win over, or the craigslist seller you're trying to negotiate with is set on edge and dis-inclined to help you. Nothing ruins relationships faster than miscommunication, and it all could have been prevented with a nearly effortless practice Mirabai Bush calls "Mindful Emailing."
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." -John Muir
Intersecting is a blog about the connections in life.
Russ is an MBA candidate at Pepperdine University and has an MA in theology. He is married to a psychologist.