Alan Schaaf is an American tech entrepreneur and founder of Imgur.
In 2009, as a student at The Ohio State University, he built a simple uploader, Imgur, and shared it with the Reddit community.
It was a hit.
As of 2105, Imgur is the biggest image platform on the Internet attracting 150 million unique visitors and 5.5 billion page views a month.
“Imgur is now a staple of the Internet,” says Schaaf.
“We get people sucked in—we’re the best place to explore the Internet’s images.”
For five years Schaaf bootstrapped the platform, paying the bills with display ads before raising $40 million from Andreessen Horowitz in April 2014.
As of 2015, Schaaf is focusing on native ads and working directly with brands to help them create content.
“Imgur gives you a sense of serendipity,” says Schaaf.
“You unexpectedly come across something you weren’t looking for, but glad you’ve found it.”