Alan Schaaf

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Alan Schaaf
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Alan at The 7th Annual Crunchies Awards 2014 in San Francisco
Born (1987-10-21) October 21, 1987 (age 32)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materOhio University
OccupationFounder of Imgur
Years active2009–present
Known forImgur

Alan Schaaf (born October 21, 1987) is an American entrepreneur. He is best known as the founder and CEO of the image-sharing app and website Imgur.

Early life[edit]

Schaaf was born in Granville, Ohio. He attended Ohio University and received a bachelor's degree in computer science.[1]

Career[edit]

Schaaf founded Imgur when he was an undergraduate at Ohio University in 2009. Imgur started as a simple image-sharing website and evolved into the largest image-sharing community in the world with more than 150 million monthly active users in 2015.[2] Under Schaaf's leadership, Imgur was bootstrapped and profitable for five years, scaling organically to millions of users before finally receiving $40 million in investment from Andreessen Horowitz in 2014.[3]

Imgur ranks among the top 50 sites in the world, and was called "the next big social network" by CNBC.[4] ComScore ranks Imgur as the website with the highest concentration of male millennial users on the internet, above Facebook and Twitter.[5]

In 2015 Schaaf was listed as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All in fun - Alan Schaaf, Imgur's hacker CEO". SFGATE. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  2. ^ "This Website Single-Handedly Keeps the Internet Fun, but Most People Don't Know It Exists". Mic. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  3. ^ "Imgur, the Image-Sharing Site, Raises $40 Million From Andreessen Horowitz". Bits Blog. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  4. ^ "Meet Imgur and what it sees as advertising's future". CNBC. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  5. ^ "Imgur Ramps Up Advertising With Promoted Posts As Brands Hope To Mine Internet For Millennials, Men And Memes". International Business Times. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  6. ^ "In Photos: 2015 30 Under 30: Alan Schaaf, 27". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-01-15.

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