Co-founders of Instagram have left the company

Co-founders of Instagram have left the company

The two co-founders of photo-sharing giant Instagram are departing from the company. 

In a surprising announcement, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger said they were both leaving to "explore our curiosity and creativity again".

Krieger and Systrom founded Instagram in 2010, and had a successful couple of years before selling to Facebook for a cool $1bn in 2012. Systrom remained the CEO of Instagram prior to the acquisition while Krieger became the chief technical officer.

New pastures

The pair reportedly told Facebook about their decision on Monday. Systrom wrote a blog post to bid farewell, and explained that in order to focus on a new venture, they need to take a step away from Instagram.

"Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that’s what we plan to do," Systrom wrote. 

"We remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion. We look forward to watching what these innovative and extraordinary companies do next."

Krieger also took to Twitter to make a statement about his departure.


Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.


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