Marco Arment

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Marco Arment
Portrait of Marco Arment
Arment in 2011
Born (1982-06-11) June 11, 1982 (age 36)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
ResidenceHastings-on-Hudson, New York
Alma materAllegheny College
OccupationSoftware developer, Web developer, Podcaster
Known forTumblr, Instapaper, Bugshot, Overcast, Build and Analyze, Neutral, Accidental Tech Podcast, The Magazine, Quitter, Peace, Top Four, Under the Radar, Forecast
Spouse(s)Tiffany Arment

Marco Arment (born June 11, 1982) is an American iOS and web developer, podcaster, technology writer and former magazine editor.[1] As a developer, he is best known for co-founding Tumblr and creating Instapaper and Overcast.


Arment attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.[2][not in citation given]


Arment worked as lead developer and chief technology officer (CTO) of the Tumblr microblogging platform and social networking website from its inception in February 2007 until September 2010,[3][4][5] when he left to concentrate fully on Instapaper,[6][7][8] a tool for saving web pages to read later. Arment announced on April 25, 2013, that he had sold the controlling interest in Instapaper to Betaworks.[9]

Between November 2010 and December 2012, Arment hosted a podcast, Build and Analyze, with Dan Benjamin on 5by5 Studios. More recently, he has hosted two podcasts, Neutral and Accidental Tech Podcast, with John Siracusa and Casey Liss. He also hosts Top Four[10] with his wife Tiffany Arment and Under the Radar[11] with David Smith, both on Relay FM.

In October 2012, Arment released The Magazine, an electronic, biweekly publication. In May 2013, one month after the sale of Instapaper, Arment announced he was selling The Magazine to Glenn Fleishman, its editor.[12]

In July 2013,[13] Marco released Bugshot; an application to quickly mark up screenshots so that beta testers of Overcast could easily send him bug reports. Marco sold Bugshot to Lickability[14][15] and the app was renamed to Pinpoint.[16]

In July 2014, Arment released Overcast, a podcast application for iOS. He had been working on the application since fall 2012, and publicly announced it at the XOXO festival in October 2013.[17][18] In 2014, Marco invested $50,000 in Gimlet Media.[19]

On September 16, 2015, Arment released Peace, a Safari content blocker for iOS 9 using the Ghostery database.[20] After Peace had held the top spot on the App Store's list of paid apps for 36 hours, Arment pulled it from the App Store, stating he didn't "feel good" with its resounding success.[21] He elaborated, "While [ad blockers] do benefit a ton of people in major ways, they also hurt some, including many who don't deserve the hit."[22]

In December 2006, he launched a blog at As of July 2014, it was seeing more than 500,000 page views per month.[23]


  1. ^ Williams, Alex (February 15, 2013). "Creating Hipsturbia". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "Don't Go To College –". Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  3. ^ Frommer, Dan. "Tumblr CTO Steps Down To Focus On Instapaper, Independent Career". Business Insider. Business Insider Inc. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Arment, Marco. "About". Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "About". Tumblr. Tumblr, Inc. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  6. ^ Bilton, Nick. "Instapaper Goes From Hobby to Start-Up". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  7. ^ Dishman, Lydia. "Instapaper Founder Marco Arment's Journey From Bagel Jockey to Publishing Pioneer". Fast Company. Fast Company, Inc. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  8. ^ Tsotsis, Alexia. "Marco Arment Leaves Tumblr To Devote Himself To Instapaper". TechCrunch. AOL Inc. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  9. ^ Arment, Marco. "The next generation of Instapaper". Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  10. ^ FM, Relay. "Top Four - Relay FM". Relay FM. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  11. ^ FM, Relay. "Under the Radar - Relay FM". Relay FM. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  12. ^ Arment, Marco (May 29, 2013). "I Sold The Magazine, Too". Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  13. ^ Arment, Marco (July 17, 2013). "Bugshot". Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  14. ^ Arment, Marco (May 28, 2015). "Bugshot becomes Pinpoint, gets big upgrade". Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  15. ^ "Pinpoint • An iOS app to mark up screenshots". Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  16. ^ Viticci, Federico (28 May 2015). "Bugshot Relaunches as Pinpoint". MacStories. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  17. ^ Arment, Marco (July 16, 2014). "Overcast". Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  18. ^ Panzarino, Matthew (July 20, 2014). "Why Marco Arment Built a Podcast App". TechCrunch. AOL Inc. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  19. ^ "Alex Blumberg on StartUp podcast, Gimlet Media and the future of podcasting". Northwestern University: Knight Lab. November 19, 2014. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  20. ^ Toor, Amar (September 17, 2015). "Peace is a $2.99 ad-blocking app for iOS 9 from the maker of Instapaper". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  21. ^ Greenberg, Julia (September 18, 2015). "Developer Pulls Most Popular Ad Blocker From iOS App Store". Wired. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on September 18, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  22. ^ Arment, Marco. "Just doesn't feel good". Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  23. ^ Arment, Marco. "Sponsorship". Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2014.

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