by Christina Yeager
Kevin Systrom is the co-founder of one of the most used social media platforms: Instagram. Kevin was just an ordinary kid interested in gaming and that lead him to develop several levels of the game “Doom 2”. He developed his interests in technology at an early age and started programming as a student.
Kevin was born in Holliston, Massachusetts. He started studying at the Middlesex School in Concord and learned the basics of several programming languages. His parents Douglas Systrom and Diane supported his interests and let him pursue his dream of a tech enthusiast. His homeschooling would begin.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom was homeschooled!
Kevin obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Engineering from Stanford University. Following his passion, he was one of the best in his field and was selected to take part in the Mayfield Fellows Program where students get training and knowledge about high-tech entrepreneurship.
The homeschooling journey of Kevin is not an ordinary one. Though Kevin went to school and university, he is still a self-taught programmer who pursued his dream of high-tech entrepreneurship and became the CEO of Instagram. In simple words, he gained most of his programming knowledge during childhood.
After graduating from Stanford University, he started an internship at Odeo and got to be friends with the well-known co-founder of Twitter “Jack Dorsey” who was also a self-taught programmer.
Systrom started making prank programs as a teenager which could hack the AOL instant messengers. While working as a marketer, Systrom made his first prototype. However, Instagram was sold to Facebook after 2 years. The good news is Systrom still manages the Instagram app today – taking every possible step to make it a simple platform for its users.
Though Kevin Systrom had a vast experience working for different international firms, some of his accomplishments as a high-tech entrepreneur are:
Some media appearances of Kevin Systrom are as follows:
Kevin remained as the CEO of Instagram after selling sold to Facebook in 2012. Recently, there has been word that CTO Mike Krieger and CEO Kevin are leaving Instagram for good. Only time will tell.
Besides his professional life, Kevin loves golf, fine food, skiing, and holidays in California’s Lake Tahoe.