A website that hosts and allows users to share images

imgur, 2009

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 postedΒ 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 any more imageshack/photobucket around here πŸ˜‰ “

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.

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🀡 Founder(s)

  •  Alan Schaaf
    Alan Schaaf

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About imgur

πŸš€ LaunchedFebruary 23, 2009
πŸ“ LocationAthens, Ohio
πŸ’Έ Funding$60M (source)
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