Kevin Systrom, co-founder of the photo-sharing app, Instagram, made a statement today. It was the first time since leaving the company. He said he felt comfortable moving on because it was already on a path to broader success at parent company, Facebook inc.
Systrom said on Monday at the Wired25 conference in San Francisco, “It didn’t feel done by any stretch of the imagination, but it felt like it was in orbit, and if we let go and let others take it, it would continue to do very well. We got to 1 billion users, we were making a bunch of money and I was proud of the business we built.”
Systrom and Mike Krieger, both founders, left Instagram last month after increased tension with Facebook over the direction of the product, people familiar with the matter said at the time.
“When you leave anything, there are reasons for leaving,” Systrom said, without addressing tension directly. “Nobody ever leaves a job because everything’s awesome.”
Still, he said “there are no hard feelings at all” with Facebook.