Kevin Systrom

Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Co-founder and CEO, Instagram, now owned by Facebook

Born: December 30, 1983, Holliston, Massachusetts

Education: BS in management science and engineering, Stanford University

Early Marker: Spent two years after college at Google, working on Gmail and Google Reader and in corporate development.

Big Idea: Founded photo-sharing app Instagram, which sold to Facebook in 2012 for $715 million. Continues to run the company independently of Facebook and sees a relationship with its owner similar to YouTube's with its parent, Google.

Wave of the Future: Social media, visual Web, App-economy, M-economy

Latest Special Reports

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