Even if you are the creative brain-mind behind something, the moment you sell it to someone else, you are done.
No matter how much control you were promised, the person with the greater financial interest in your idea always wins in a battle.
The co-founders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have learnt that and they have decided to leave the company they founded because they are in disagreement with something Mark Zuckerberg wants to do with Instagram.
In a statement, Kevin and Mike announced their resignation from the company with the excuse that they want to explore their “curiosity and creativity again.”
Their departure from their positions as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer might be due to their disagreement with the direction of the business since Facebook bought Instagram in 2012.
Facebook reportedly wants to include more advertising on the platform, which will make the app complicated, however, when Kevin and Mike started Instagram, an emphasis was placed on the simplicity of the photo sharing platform
Zuckerberg issued a public statement about the departure saying he had “really enjoyed” working with Systrom and Krieger, the Guardian reports.
“Kevin and Mike are extraordinary product leaders and Instagram reflects their combined creative talents,” wrote Zuckerberg. “I’ve learned a lot working with them for the past six years and have really enjoyed it. I wish them all the best and I’m looking forward to seeing what they build next.”
Instagram, which Facebook bought in 2012 for $1bn, has more than 1 billion active monthly users and has grown by adding features like messaging and short videos. In 2016, it added the ability to post slideshows that disappear in 24 hours, a copy of Snapchat’s popular “stories” feature.
The departure of Instagram co-founders comes months after the exit of Jan Koum, co-founder of WhatsApp, which was bought by Facebook in 2014.