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Meet Kevin Systrom, The 26-Year-Old Programmer Who Built A Billion App In 2 Years — After Following His Girlfriend’s Advice.

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Meet Kevin Systrom, The 26-Year-Old Programmer Who Built A Billion App In 2 Years — After Following His Girlfriend’s Advice. 46

 

 

Kevin Systrom left Google frustrated.

Having spent almost three years as a product manager at the company, Kevin was eager to take on more responsibility and apply his nuclear drive to something tangible. Instead, he was offered by his boss to take up golf.

His next stop was NextStop, a location recommendation app startup. With FourSquare leading the way, check-in apps were all the rage in the late 2000s, and a small team meant Kevin could get more responsibility and take initiative.

He did. After a year of honing his coding skills at the startup, Kevin decided to create a check-in app of his own.