Getting a Visa Took Longer Than Building Instagram, Says Immigrant Co-Founder

Mike Krieger discusses the head-banging experience of navigating the U.S. immigration system

Mike Krieger (left) and Kevin Systrom, co-founders of Instagram.

Photographer: Peter Da Silva/The New York Times via Redux

Instagram almost didn’t happen, and the U.S.’s convoluted immigration system would have been to blame. Before Mike Krieger created the wildly popular photo-sharing app with business partner Kevin Systrom, he was living in Silicon Valley on a temporary work visa. If not for some lucky breaks navigating the country’s immigration process, our world of artfully filtered, boxy photographs might look very different today.

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