Alan and Sarah Schaaf are the brother-sister team behind Imgur, one of the Internet’s most popular places for funny images and animal gifs. We’re thrilled that they’re going to talk in depth about cat gifs and other viral ways the company plans to grow at Disrupt SF 2015.
Imgur is one of the first stops where people share images and photo albums on the internet. Alan started the company while he was still an undergrad at Ohio University, and it’s grown into one of the top sites on the web with over 150 million monthly active users and 60 billion image and gallery views per month.
Alan’s sister Sarah has been vital to that growth. As Imgur’s Director of Community, Sarah and her team support Imgur’s community of ravenous so-called Imgurians, ensuring that the community feedback is heard and incorporating into future product releases. That community support is vital to the business because it keeps Imgur’s gigantic community coming back every month.
What’s really impressive about Imgur is that the company achieved this massive growth organically. Imgur won several awards at the Crunchies for the best bootstrapped startup before finally announcing in 2014 that the company had raised a $40 million Series A round from Andreessen Horowitz and Reddit after deciding that Andreessen Horowitz could best help them take Imgur to the next level.
At Imgur, that next level was reached with native advertising, which was added to the platform last month. And they’ve revamped their Android app to give Android users a much better user experience. Couple that with a deep partnership with Reddit, and Imgur looks pretty unstoppable.
Come and hear what Alan and Sarah have to say at Disrupt, which runs from September 21 – 23 at San Francisco’s historic Pier 70. The Schaafs join a top-notch crew of speakers including Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures, talent manager Troy Carter and Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad. If you’d like to hear them in person, you can snag a discounted early bird ticket to the show here.