Mashable Interview with Tumblr’s David Karp

On July 30, 2012 by Lauren Biegler

Another unexpected, but awesome list item courtesy of my employment at Mashable: attending a taping of an interview with David Karp, founder of Tumblr. For those of you who don’t know what Tumblr is, hi mom, it is a blogging platform that allows users to create their own blogs, share and follow other people’s blog.

David Karp launched Tumblr on April 27, 2007 and served as the lead developer until 2010, when he left the company to focus on his next project, Instapaper. Within two weeks of launching Tumblr the site had 75,000 accounts. Today, there are 64.7 million blogs and more than 27.5 billion posts. Tumblr receives 13 billion views per month. In case you are not processing the magnitude of those statistics, here they are in number form:

  • 64,700,000 active blogs
  • 27,500,000,000 blog posts
  • 13,000,000,000 monthly page views

David Karp is 26 and was born and raised in NYC, where he currently lives. When he was sixteen David began to get involved with I.T. and software development, and opted to drop out of highschool and pursue his interests in tech through a more hands on approach. David explained that, with the support of his parents, he chose to get his G.E.D and enter the professional world early, as the curriculum at the time did not foster web design and development. In his teens, Karp worked as a software consultant for UrbanBaby, until leaving in 2006 to focus on his own project: Tumblr. After one year, the site launched in 2007.

See full interview here:

It was amazing to meet David in person, and hear him talking about his experience founding Tumblr. The most astounding part is that he is only 26 years old, 3 years older than me, and is one of the most influential people in the world. Meeting him really shed light on the ‘internet boom’ and the ‘ millionares’ because I never put thought into who was behind the sites I look at every day of my life. Now that I am working the the tech community, and getting exposure to so many of these types of people, I am starting to understand how fast  opportunities arise and what can come from a good idea. 

David’s Tumblr:

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