Meet The 13 Lucky Employees And 9 Investors Behind $1 Billion Instagram

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Instagram was acquired by Facebook today for $1 billion in cash and stock.

It only has 13 employees and a handful of investors.

Meet 11 of the lucky employees and 9 investors behind Instagram.

Two other employees were hired during South by Southwest last month and their information wasn’t available for this story.

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title=”Kevin Systrom is Instagram’s CEO and co-founder”
content=”Date joined: June 2010

Role and career history: Kevin Systrom was a product manager at NextStop before co-founding Instagram with Mike Krieger. Prior to that he was a corporate development associate at Google.

Systrom owned 40% of Instagram when it was acquired.”
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title=”Mike Krieger is co-founder of Instagram”
content=”Date joined: June 2010

Role and career history: ‘Kevin Systrom and I started Instagram in mid-2010 and both designed and developed the application,’ he writes on LinkedIn. Prior to Instagram, Krieger was a user experience designer and engineer at Meebo and a graduate of Stanford University.

Krieger owned 10% of Instagram when it was acquired by Facebook.”
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title=”Dan Toffey works on Community for Instagram”
content=”Date joined: March 2012

Role and career history: Toffey may be Instagram’s only non-San Francisco-based employee. Based in Washington D.C., he works on community for Instagram. Prior to joining Instagram he was web communications manager at Commodity Futures Trading Commission.”
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title=”Josh Riedel handles community and partnerships at Instagram”
content=”Date joined: October 2010

Role and career history: Riedel works on community and partnerships at Instagram. Prior to Instagram he was a community manager at NextStop. He graduated from Reed College in 2007.”
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title=”Philip McAllister is one of Instagram’s engineers”
content=”Date joined: January 2012

Role and career history: McAllister can’t escape Facebook. He joined Instagram from Gowalla, a Foursquare-like startup that was acquired by Facebook in December.”
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title=”Ryan Gomba is a developer at Instagram”
content=”Date joined: March 2012

Role and career history: Ryan is a new hire at Instagram and is a developer for the company. Prior to joining Instagram he was the founder of AppThat and an engineer at SimpleGeo.”
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title=”Bailey Richardson joined Instagram last month. She works on community at Instagram”
content=”Date joined: March 2012

Role and career history: Richardson was hired by Instagram last month. Prior to Instagram she was a community and marketing manager at UGallery. She graduated from Stanford in 2009.”
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title=”Amy Cole handles business operations”
content=”Date joined: October 2011

Role and career history: Cole handles business operations for Instagram. Prior to joining Instagram she ran business development at Sephora.”
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title=”Gregor Hochmuth is an engineer”
content=”Date joined: December 2011

Role and career history: Hochmuth has been an engineer at Instagram for five months. Prior to joining Instagram he was co-founder and CEO of Modi and a product manager at Google.”
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title=”Jessica Zollman is a community evangelist at Instagram”
content=”Date joined: August 2011

Role and career history: Zollman writes on LinkedIn: ‘As Community Evangelist at Instagram I am tasked with advocating on behalf of the Instagram user base. I teach the community about our company and the product through Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. I provide timely customer support, as well as communicate issues and potential product changes or improvements voiced by our users to the entire team. It is my goal to place a human face to the company both online through Instagram’s Weekend Hashtag Projects, and offline through events such as the Worldwide Instameets. ‘

Prior to joining Instagram, Zollman was a user support specialist at Formspring and a Customer Relations Specialist at Linden Lab.”
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title=”Shayne Sweeney joined Instagram in 2010″
content=”Date joined: November 2010

Role and career history: Shayne Sweeney is a self-proclaimed ‘entrepreneurial hacker and developer passionate about consumer Internet and high-tech software startups.’ Prior to Instagram, Sweeney was the founder of Credentify and a principal engineer at Build.com”
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title=”Quora co-founder Adam D’Angelo is one of Instagram’s angel investors”
content=”Date invested: February 2011 ($7 million Series A round)

Role and career history: D’Angelo was Facebook’s first CTO and he co-founded Quora with Charlie Cheever.”
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title=”Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square, is another Instagram angel investor”
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Date invested: February 2011 ($7 million Series A round)

Role and career history: Jack Dorsey founded Square and co-founded Twitter. He’s an angel investor in Instagram.”
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title=”Chris Sacca was an early Google employee who made an angel investment in Instagram”
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Date invested: February 2011 ($7 million Series A round)

Role and career history: Chris Sacca was an early Google employee and he’s since made a number of angel investments, including Twitter.”
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title=”Baseline Ventures was a seed investor and Series A investor in Instagram”
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Date invested: March 2010 and February 2011 ($500,000 seed round and $7 million Series A round)

About: Baseline Ventures was founded by Steve Anderson. It’s other investments include Aardvark, which was acquired by Google, Twitter and Trialpay.”
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title=”Andreessen Horowitz was a seed investor in Instagram but dumped it when it became a competitor to another portfolio company, PicPlz”
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Date invested: March 2010 ($500,000 seed round)

About: Andreessen Horowitz was a seed investor in Instagram but when the company pivoted to become a PicPlz competitor, the firm removed it from its portfolio. AH still owned 10% of Instagram, though.”
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title=”Instagram raised $50 million at a $500 million valuation last week from Thrive, Sequoia and Greylock”
content=”Sequoia, Thrive and Greylock reportedly led a new, massive round in Instagram last week.

Benchmark Capital was also an Instagram investor, and led the company’s Series A round last year.”
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title=”For more lucky startup employees, check out:”
content=”Facebook’s First 20 Employees: Where Are They Now?
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