On October 1st, 2010, my boyfriend Mike Krieger and I moved into our first apartment together. On October 6th, he launched Instagram with his co-founder Kevin Systrom. Mike came home at 6AM the next morning, exhilarated and exhausted. I snapped what's still one of my favorite photos of him:
Since then, Instagram has attracted hundreds of millions of users and billions of beautiful photos. It hasn't been a cake-walk for Mike, who's still on call in case Justin Bieber posts a shirtless photo. Yet despite the long hours, the unpredictable server crises, and all the media attention, Mike has always found time to make me feel special.
To return the favor, I built Lovestagram. I started from scratch, wrestling with Python, Django, HTML/CSS, jQuery, and Photoshop (whew!). With lots of help from some amazing friends, Lovestagram launched on February 9th, 2012.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way, and thanks especially to the tens of thousands of Lovestagram users. I wish you a very happy Valentine's Day.