Alan Schaaf is founder and CEO of Imgur, the Internet’s home for insanely entertaining visual stories created and curated by millions of people around the world. He launched Imgur in 2009 while he was still an undergraduate, studying computer science, at Ohio University. Since its inception, Imgur has organically amassed a community that reaches over of 250 million people and receives over 60 billion views of its images around the Internet each month. Imgur currently ranks among the top 15 most trafficked websites in the United States, and was recently called “the next big social network” by CNBC.
Under Schaaf’s leadership, the company was proudly bootstrapped and profitable for five years, scaling organically to millions of users before finally receiving $40 million in investment from Andreessen Horowitz in 2014. He brings over a decade of experience to Imgur as a professional coder with a focus on crafting beautiful user experiences.
Schaaf has previously been a speaker at TEDx, TEDxWellington, AWS re:Invent, TechCrunch Disrupt, and is a strong advocate in the battle for a free and open Internet. He was also named as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2015.