Another day, another side project becoming BIG. Have you started working on yours already? Because If Not Now, Then When?
imgur was developed in 2009 by Alan Schaaf as a side project while he was a student at Ohio University. Imgur is stylized as imgur and is pronounced “imager.” He initially created it as a type of gift for Reddit users.
Schaaf posted on the social news website Reddit:
“My Gift to Reddit: I created an image hosting service that doesn’t suck. What do you think?
I got fed up with all the other image hosts out there so I made my own. It doesn’t force you to compress your images, and it has neat things like crop, resize, rotate, and compression from 10-100. It’s my gift to you. Let’s not see anymore imageshack/photobucket around here 😉 “
imgur quickly went viral, going from a thousand hits per day to a million in the first five months. It currently ranks in the top 100 websites in the United States. In 2013, imgur supported more than 2 billion daily image views and had 100 million monthly users.
The social media network gained a further boost in 2015 when Andreessen Horowitz invested $40 million in it.
On September 27, 2021, imgur published a public announcement declaring that they had been acquired by MediaLab AI, Inc., a holding company for online enterprises. After a brief period, in January 2022, Alan Schaaf made a successful exit from the company.
|🚀 Launched||February 23, 2009|
|📍 Location||Athens, Ohio|
|💸 Funding||$60M (source)|