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Understanding Instagram’s founding story and more from SXSW

Each week, Extra Crunch members have access to conference calls moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, in addition to Zack Whittaker’s discussion about a complicated university grade-hacking case, Josh Constine reported from Austin where he attended SXSW. While at SXSW, he interviewed the founders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. They discussed autonomy within Facebook after the acquisition, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up big tech and earl...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Austin, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Sxsw, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Josh Constine, Constine, Zack Whittaker, Clearbanc, Ever Loved, Extra Crunch Conference Calls


A red flag in a Facebook exec's goodbye letter shows there's bad blood over Mark Zuckerberg's radical privacy plan

Facebook on Thursday announced that its chief product officer, Chris Cox, and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, were leaving the company. A telling line in Cox's goodbye letter suggests there were significant disagreements over Mark Zuckerberg's plan to pivot Facebook to privacy. This was backed up by a report in The New York Times, which said there were frustrations over Zuckerberg's vision for the company. Facebook sprang a surprise Thursday when CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that anothe...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, New York Times, The Times, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Kevin Systrom, Sheryl Sandberg, Marc Andreessen, Zuckerberg, Samsung Galaxy, Mark, Cox, Daniels


This red flag in a Facebook exec's goodbye letter shows there's bad blood over Mark Zuckerberg's radical privacy plan

Facebook announced on Thursday that chief product officer Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, are leaving the company. There was telling line in Cox's goodbye letter that suggests there were significant disagreements over Mark Zuckerberg's plan to pivot Facebook to privacy. This was backed up by a report in The New York Times, which said there were frustrations over Zuckerberg's vision for the company. Facebook sprung a surprise on Thursday when Mark Zuckerberg announced that a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Ben Horowitz, Times, Kevin Systrom, Sheryl Sandberg, Cto, Marc Andreessen, Zuckerberg, Mark, Cox, Daniels


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Larry Page "bypassed" Alphabet's board to personally give Andy Rubin a $150 million stock package while he was under investigation for sexual misconduct, according to a lawsuit. According to the filing, Alphabet's leadership committee ultimately finalized the stock-option deal, but it was Page who personally gave initial approval. . Facebook has now restored the ads and says they were removed because they violated its policies...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, Cook, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Tesla, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, SEC, Sam Altman, Volkswagen, Donald Trump, Kevin Systrom


Instagram's co-founders slam Elizabeth Warren's proposal to break up tech giants at SXSW, saying it is not 'nuanced'

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger responded to presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's proposal to break up large tech companies like Google and Facebook at SXSW on Monday. They said that while there was a lot of anger against big tech, Warren's proposal wasn't "nuanced" enough. "Breaking companies up is a very specific prescription for a very specific problem," said Systrom. AUSTIN, Texas — Calls to break up tech giants like Google and Facebook are overly simplistic an...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Samsung, Trends, Warren, Silicon Valley, Kevin Systrom, Jonah Peretti, Mike Krieger, Sxsw, Krieger, Systrom


Instagram founders say losing autonomy at Facebook meant “winning”

Rather than be sore about losing independence within Facebook, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom told me it was an inevitable sign of his app’s triumph. Today at South By South West, Systrom and fellow co-founder Mike Krieger sat down for their first on-stage talk together since leaving Facebook in September. They discussed their super hero origin stories, authenticity on social media, looming regulation for big tech, and how they’re exploring what they’ll do next. Krieger grew up hitting...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Snapchat, Palo Alto, Policy, Regulation, Aol, Bravo


Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom says Instagram losing autonomy under Facebook is actually a testament to its success

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger reportedly left the company last fall because they were upset about the loss of the site's autonomy within parent company Facebook. But losing autonomy wasn't necessarily a bad thing, co-founder and former CEO Kevin Systrom said at SXSW on Monday, saying that "there being less autonomy is a function of Instagram winning." Systrom declined to go into more details about how Instagram's loss of autonomy manifested itself, saying "that's not a t...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Sxsw, Josh Constine, Krieger, Systrom, Instagram Co, AUSTIN TEXAS When Instagram


Instagram prototypes video co-watching

The next phase of social media is about hanging out together while apart. Rather than performing on a live stream or engaging with a video chat, Instagram may allow you to chill and watch videos together with a friend. Facebook already has Watch Party for group co-viewing and in November we broke the news that Facebook Messenger’s code contains an unreleased “Watch Videos Together” feature. Now Instagram’s code reveals a “co-watch content” feature hidden inside Instagram Direct Messaging. It’...
Tags: Social, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Facebook Messenger, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Instagram Direct, Sxsw, Insta, Josh Constine


SXSW Adds Keynotes From Spotify, Gimlet, Malcom Gladwell

South by Southwest Conference and Festivals has announced further additions to their Keynote and Featured Speaker lineup for the March 8-17 event. Keynotes announced today include award-winning filmmaker PJ Raval and a keynote conversation between Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, Gimlet co-founder Matt Lieber and Anchor co-founder Michael Mignano. Among the featured speakers are author Safi Bahcall; journalist Katie Couric; actress Kaitlyn Dever; actress Beanie Feldstein; ac...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Nbc News, John Boehner, Kevin Systrom, Noah Hawley, Mike Krieger, Malcolm Gladwell, Amazon Music, Sxsw, Shirley Manson, Katie Couric, Bruce Houghton, Jodie Foster, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd


The founding story of Patreon

It’s May 7, 2013 and Jack Conte is, in his own words, “totally exhausted, slash, totally wired, in that really weird in-between zone.” He has spent 18 hours per day for the last 50 days building a replica of the Millennium Falcon set from “Star Wars” and shooting a music video in it. When Conte has a vision for something he wants to create, he becomes obsessive. In fact, he maxed out his credit cards to see his vision through on this one. But this is the moment. He uploads his video to YouTub...
Tags: Google, TC, Youtube, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, Palo Alto, Kickstarter, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Jack Conte, Pomplamoose, Kevin Systrom, Sam, Mike Krieger, Patreon


Facebook’s head of comms hits the road after 8 years at the company

Facebook head of communications Caryn Marooney is leaving for greener pastures, she announced today, on Facebook of course. She joins the growing number of executives and high-level employees departing the company during and after what may be its toughest year. “I spent a lot of time over the winter holiday reflecting, and with the New Year, and after 8 years at Facebook, I’ve decided to step down as leader of the communications group,” Marooney wrote. “I’ve decided it’s time to get back to m...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Social Media, Tech, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Communications, Sheryl Sandberg, Cto, Jan Koum, Alex Stamos, Personnel, Marooney, Dan Rose, Neeraj Arora


Facebook warned over privacy risks of merging messaging platforms

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has asked the company for an “urgent briefing” regarding plans to integrate the underlying infrastructure of its three social messaging platforms. In a statement posted to its website late last week the Irish Data Protection Commission writes: “Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise to significant data protection concerns and the Irish DPC will be seeking early assurances that all such concerns will be fully...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tech, Eu, New York Times, European Commission, Nyt, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, WhatsApp Facebook


Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook won't merge the backends of WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram until at least 2020

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on an earnings call that the planned integration of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram direct messages won't happen until 2020 at the earliest. He laid particular emphasis on rolling out end-to-end encryption on the new amalgamated service, which is currently a big WhatsApp's selling point. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, and its cofounders left in the past two years reportedly after clashing with Facebook executives over user privacy. Mark Zuckerb...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Brussels, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, Koum, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp


Facebook Merges Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram; Will Your Marketing be Impacted?

Exciting news. Facebook is planning on integrating the messaging services of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. Integrating the Messaging Services While all three apps will continue to work as stand-alone applications, the underlying messaging infrastructure will be integrated. For example, a WhatsApp user could message an Instagram user, which is something that is currently not possible. The integration effort will be completed by the end of 2019 or early 2020, according to reportin...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, China, Sales, Social Media, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Tencent, Kevin Systrom, Skype, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Publisher Channel Content, Brian Acton, Messenger Instagram


Mark Zuckerberg is ordering Facebook employees to make big changes to the way the company's most popular apps work, connecting WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger

Mark Zuckerberg has tasked Facebook employees to reconfigure its messaging services WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram so users can communicate across the platforms, The New York Times reports. The apps will continue to operate as three standalone platforms, but would be unified by an "underlying messaging infrastructure" that includes end-to-end encryption for the entire "family" of Facebook-owned apps, according to the Times. These proposed changes have reportedly caused unrest within the co...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Trends, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Nyt, Times, Kevin Systrom, Bing, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg


SXSW Adds Keynote, Featured Speakers For 2019

SXSW is just weeks away and the organizers have announced a slate of additions to the Keynote and Featured Speaker lineup for the 2019 event. The updated list of Keynote speakers announced for the event includes Endeavor Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John, director, actress, producer and activist Olivia Wilde, and the addition of Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger to a conversation with Kevin Systrom and Josh Constine. Contributors who have joined the Featured Speakers list for 2019...
Tags: Travis Vanderzanden, Music, Instagram, Neil Gaiman, United States, Jeffrey Katzenberg, John, Olivia Wilde, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Cameron Crowe, Vox Media, Sxsw, Priscilla Chan, Tim Ferriss, Bruce Houghton


Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned

Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications. Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space to services that charge clients for fake followers or that automatically follow/unfollow other people to get them to follow the client back. This is despite Instagram reiterating a ban on these businesses in November and threatening the accounts of people who employ them. A TechCrunch investigation initially found 17 services selling fake fo...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Instagram, Microsoft, Tech, Spam, Policy, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Hudson, Microsoft Bing, Elon


Here are the Facebook execs that insiders think might leave next (FB)

A wave of Facebook execs have left the company in the past 12 months And with the company under pressure, there are likely to be more ousters, defections and departures. These are some of the top execs to keep an eye on, according to company insiders. Facebook's brutal 2018 was accompanied by a wave of executive departures. As the Silicon Valley tech giant grappled with the Cambridge Analytica scandal and its role spreading hate speech that fueled genocide in Myanmar, several longtime senior ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Supreme Court, White House, Trends, Levy, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Parliament, Kevin Systrom, George W Bush, Mike Krieger, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Business Insider, Anthony Harrison


Here are the Facebook execs who insiders think might leave next (FB)

Facebook has had a wave of executives leave the company in the past 12 months. With the company under pressure, there are likely to be more ousters, defections, and departures. These are some of the top execs to keep an eye on, according to company insiders. Facebook's brutal 2018 was accompanied by a wave of executive departures. As the Silicon Valley tech giant grappled with the Cambridge Analytica scandal and its role spreading hate speech that fueled genocide in Myanmar, several longtime ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Supreme Court, White House, Trends, Levy, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Parliament, Kevin Systrom, George W Bush, Mike Krieger, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Business Insider, Anthony Harrison


Challenger bank Monzo has quietly begun working on a U.S. launch

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank with more than a million customers and a unicorn valuation to boot, has quietly began working on a U.S. launch, TechCrunch has learned. According to multiple sources, the fintech startup has set up a small team to begin laying the ground work to bring a version of Monzo to North America, which will initially be powered by a U.S. banking partner while Monzo works on the necessarily regulatory licenses to go it alone. The plan, which could still be subject to cha...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, UK, London, Instagram, Tech, Las Vegas, North America, Kevin Systrom, Tom Blomfield, Monzo


Just missed millions: These 8 people walked away from early jobs at billion-dollar companies

Startups come and go, meaning that those in the tech world often face the dilmemma of pick at which company where they'll actually be successful in the future. Major tech executives who have turned down lucrative offers include Instagram's Kevin Systrom and Bachelorette's Ali Fedotowsky. Here are some other big names in Silicon Valley who may have missed out on millions from opportunities they turned down. Ali Fedotowsky walked away from Facebook when she opted to be ABC's Bachelorette. Robe...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Nbc, Abc, San Francisco, Trends, Zynga, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Roberto Martinez, Kevin Systrom, Cto, Marc Benioff, Kevin Manno, Ali Fedotowsky, Mike


WhatsApp's chief business officer is the latest exec to leave Facebook (FB)

WhatsApp's chief business officer Neeraj Arora is quitting. He's the latest in a long line of senior execs to quit Facebook, from the cofounders of Instagram to Oculus. Arora's departure follows ugly clashes between WhatsApp's cofounders and Facebook leadership. He says he plans to spent time with his family. The chief business officer of WhatsApp is leaving, the latest in a line of high-level departures at Facebook and its associated apps. Neeraj Arora, a seven-year veteran of the encrypted ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Brian, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Signal, Brendan Iribe, Jan Koum, Koum, Chris Daniels, Arora, Facebook FB, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton


WhatsApp’s chief business officer is leaving

Roughly one year after WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton made his highly-publicized exit from Facebook, another executive and early employee of the messaging platform is doing the same. Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp’s chief business officer, announced today that he would be “taking some time off to recharge and spend time with family.” Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 and pledged to allow the messaging giant to continue to operate independently under Acton and co-founder Jan Ko...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Whatsapp, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Acton, Koum, Arora, Neeraj Arora, Brian Acton


Building a company that sells for millions might sound like a dream — but for CEOs who do it, the next chapter can be just as hard

When a founding CEO sells their company, they might be thrilled from a financial and emotional perspective, or ... not. There are a few different outcomes for CEOs after an acquisition: They might leave to start a new company, stay on in the same role, or stay on and take a new role within the combined company. Research suggests taking on a new role within the combined company is the most productive,  but the least common. For founding CEOs in the acquisition process, it's important to set exp...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Beck, Trends, Research, Cisco, Walmart, Cnn, The Times, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Hewlett Packard, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger


'It was validation that our idea was right': After an acquisition, there's a sharp contrast between founders who are thrilled, and those with seller's remorse

When a founding CEO sells their company, they might be thrilled from a financial and emotional perspective, or ... not. There are a few different outcomes for CEOs after an acquisition: They might leave to start a new company, stay on in the same role, or stay on and take a new role within the combined company. Research suggests taking on a new role within the combined company is the most productive,  but the least common. For founding CEOs in the acquisition process, it's important to set exp...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Beck, Trends, Research, Cisco, Walmart, Cnn, The Times, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Hewlett Packard, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger


Mark Zuckerberg's new wartime leadership style is opening up bitter divisions at Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg is running Facebook like the company is at war, according to reports. He is being more aggressive in tackling existential threats and is quicker to call out mistakes and attach blame. But the new leadership style is creating unprecedented turmoil, The Wall Street Journal said. Mark Zuckerberg is acting like Facebook is at war, but it's creating unprecedented turmoil within his own ranks. According to two reports, the 34-year-old billionaire has changed his leadership style to ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Nbc News, Trends, Kevin Systrom, Wall Street Journal, Mike Krieger, Journal, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Sandberg, DYLAN BYERS, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook Zuckerberg, Definers Public Affairs


Tesla just had the worst year in its history, but now it's starting to look like the best tech company in the world (TSLA)

Tesla is a hybrid of tech company and car company — and with various scandals roiling the tech sector, Tesla seems like a tech company that's at least trying to do good. Tesla endured its own self-manufactured travails over the summer. But with companies such as Facebook coming under fire, Tesla can pitch a better story about its mission. Tesla likes to think of itself as a disruptive, Silicon Valley technology company. That's far from accurate. Despite over-the-air software updates to its ve...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, New York, Microsoft, California, China, New York City, US, Trends, Tesla, Washington Dc, New York Times, TSLA


What’s next? The top media executives on the job market

Keep an eye out for the next moves by these entrepreneurs and executives. A number of the biggest names in media left their jobs over the last year (or announced they will be leaving soon), including a handful of now-billionaires who have resources, ambition, and time on their hands to explore something new. We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft of something new —provide feedback directly to the author, Eric Peckham (@epeckham), our columnist foc...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Verizon, Hong Kong, Spotify, Video, London, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Washington Post, La, Germany, Amc, US, Tech


Wall Street is surprisingly upbeat about Facebook after 5 recent catastrophes — but there could be a sting in the tail (FB)

Facebook has had at least five catastrophes this quarter, but Wall Street analysts are surprisingly upbeat ahead of the company's third-quarter earnings on Tuesday. The ad giant has disclosed the biggest data breach in its history, landed the maximum fine from the UK's data regulator, and seen Instagram's cofounders leave the business. Wall Street analysts pointed to the fact Instagram is hugely popular with users and advertisers, and that many Facebook users feel locked into the social networ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Wall Street, Wikipedia, US, Trends, Snapchat, Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, Kevin Systrom, Jimmy Wales, Mike Krieger, Pivotal, Piper Jaffray


Robby Stein to talk about Instagram beyond Systrom at Disrupt Berlin

Last month, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger announced that they would be leaving Instagram and Facebook. All eyes are now on Instagram to figure out what’s going to happen to the photo and video app. That’s why I’m excited to announce that Instagram Product Director Robby Stein is joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. Instagram is Facebook’s next big bet. Facebook’s growth has slowed down, which puts even more pressure on Instagram. Compared to Facebook, Instag...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Yahoo, Berlin, Tech, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Cto, Disrupt, Forbes, Facebook Instagram, Google Facebook, Stein