Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, co-founders of Instagram and up to now the heads of the famous photographic social network, have resigned. None of them have provided a reason to explain their departure from what is one of the best known Internet firms, but sources consulted by TechCrunch say that the decision was made based on increasing pressure from Facebook to reduce their autonomy.
Systrom and Krieger were until now CEO and chief technology of Instagram, respectively. During this time they had the support of product vice president Kevin Weil, who after leaving to lead the blockchain teamof Facebook was replaced by Adam Mosseri, head of Facebook News and trusted man by Mark Zuckerberg. Systrom and Zuckerberg had until then maintained a cordial relationship punctuated by moments of generally resolved tension, but something would have gone wrong at that moment.
According to the statements of an anonymous source quoted by TechCrunch, “Chris [Cox, Facebook’s product manager] started taking the initiative and with Adam in sync with the old Facebook school, it was clear that it was not going to be [a comfortable situation] I saw that this guy [Systrom] was going to tighten the nuts. ”
One of the particularities of Instagram is that it has managed to maintain a great autonomy so far, despite being one of the first and most important acquisitions of Facebook. In fact, Systrom and Zuckerberg had a resounding showdown when the second wanted Instagram content to flow to Facebook directly from Instagram. Systrom refused and soon after Facebook eliminated direct access to Instagram accounts from their favorites and contacts menus.
Despite these occasional frictions Instagram has not had problems to prosper. The photographic social network has avoided important scandals and maintains a positive image, while its matrix goes from puddle to puddle .
Systrom and Krieger will now take a break while “exploring again” their “curiosity and creativity”, implying that they are working on some kind of project. It would be the third collaboration of these friends of the university since they launched an unknown application called Burbn. It was a failure, but the interest of its users for the photographic filters that it incorporated gave rise to the creation of Instagram, which was a resounding success. With it came Facebook, which paid more than 700 million dollars for an application that then did not reach 50 million users. Now it has more than 1,000 million and has set its sights on the creation of its own contents .
The march of the founders of Instagram is not without precedents within Facebook. Recentlyalso resigned Jan Koum , co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp. As has been known, the leader of the messaging application left the company after several misunderstandings with Facebook, which required a series of important changes related to the privacy of its users and strategies to make the platform profitable .