Instagram CEO on why he left
Instagram CEO on why he left
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Instagram CEO on why he left

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What, I mean, what was it like for you, the moment when you had to tell Mark that you'd made that decision? What were you feeling? I mean, I think any time you leave anything, it's sad, even if it's your decision. But at the same time, you can't evolve as an individual, or as a person, unless you make big changes in your life. And it's like no decision is either all good or all bad feeling, it's always a mix of the two. But that's not a reason not to do it. Mm-hm. Usually the reason to do it is because you have your sights set on a future that involves something new and something different. And for me and Mike, it was all about the opportunity to do something brand new. And I don't have any plans yet, except for hanging out for a little while, doing some of these on stage things and figuring out what's next. But you know, we stumbled into Instagram. Instagram wasn't like, we didn't have like a business plan written out on the side and we're like, you know what, eight years from now we're gonna Have this much revenue and this many employees. We figured out what we loved, and we built it for ourselves because we desperately wanted something like this. And then, we poured our heart and souls into it for eight years. So, I can imagine that happening, and now I'm 34. So, I think I have a few more Instagrams time wise in me, I'm not sure if we'll ever do anything nearly as impactful, it's an awesome thing and like I said, it's in orbit now. Were there tensions when you left? Think about when you leave anything, there are obviously reasons for leaving, right? No one ever leaves a job because everything is awesome. [LAUGH] Right. [LAUGH] Works hard, works hard. Those are words not mine, for all the reporters in the room. But to be clear, like when you leave something it's you know, sometimes it's incompatible with what you wanna do where things have changed or whatever. And in this case, there are no hard feelings at all. I'm just excited to do something new, and I think Instagram's in a really, really good place. I love walking around, by the way. So now that I'm not running it, I have more time to walk around and see people using it, and that brings me such an amazing feeling inside to be at a bar or restaurant And see people loving it and there's zero regret or anger that people still love Instagram. No it's like I want this thing to succeed. If this thing triples in size and becomes the most important company in the world. That's like, that will be an awesome outcome for me. Even if I'm not running it.

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