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Welcome to the Instagram blog! See how Instagrammers are capturing and sharing the world's moments through photo and video features, user spotlights, tips and news from Instagram HQ.

Welcome to the Instagram Team, Maykel Loomans!

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Instagram Name: @miekd

Hometown: Maastricht, The Netherlands

Position at Instagram: Designer

Instagram is very excited to welcome Maykel Loomans to the Instagram family! Maykel holds a BA in Communication and Multimedia Design from Zuyd University. During his last year of college, he co-founded a design / development shop, and after five years went solo as a freelancer.

"I have been wanting to focus my work on a product that people love to use," says Maykel, who is "absolutely stoked to create beautiful things" for a company that has such a great user base, but is still early in its life.

Unsurprisingly, Maykel is a photography fanatic. He also runs, cycles, and enjoys finer teas, coffees, beer and wine. He claims, though, that his work is his biggest hobby: “I look at almost everything as a person, but also as a designer. This makes you notice awesome details, but also things that get badly overlooked.”

We’re thrilled to have Maykel join Instagram as a designer! We’re also always on the lookout for people passionate about Instagram to join us in San Francisco. If you think you’d be a good fit, check out our Jobs page and be sure to send an email to jobs@instagram.com.

Welcome to the Instagram Team, Dan Toffey!

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Instagram Name: @dantoffey

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Position at Instagram: Community

Everyone here at Instagram is thrilled to welcome Dan Toffey to our team! Dan holds a degree in Political Science from Reed College and comes to us straight from Washington, D.C. where he was the CFTC's web communications manager. 

Dan is passionate about Instagram’s potential as a community building tool: “A picture is not just worth a thousand words; it transcends the language barrier altogether. Seeing intimate glimpses of everyday life through the lens of someone not just on the other side of town, but on the other side of the world, is really exciting.”

When Dan’s not snapping Instagram pics and trolling political blogs, he’s an avid runner, baker and dog admirer. Now that he’s living out west, Dan’s looking forward to dusting off his skis and hitting the slopes. And, if you get on his good side, he just might send you a hand-printed lino block holiday card come December.

We’re super excited to have Dan join as the fourth member of our Instagram Community team! We’re also always on the lookout for people passionate about Instagram to join us in San Francisco. If you think you’d be a good fit, check out our Jobs page and be sure to send an email to jobs@instagram.com

Instagram at South By Southwest!

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South by Southwest is a technology conference, music and film festival that brings some of the most creative people in each industry together in Austin, Texas. The following is a guide to finding Instagram at SXSX 2012!

Interactive Panels SXSW badge-holders can hear Instagram team members speak on the following panels:

InstaMeet: Photowalk This event is open to everyone, even if you aren’t attending SXSW!

  • Sunday, March 11 @ 1:30 PM: Join the Instagram team for Austin’s Worldwide InstaMeet! Starting point is at the northeast corner of 6th & Sabine Streets, rain or shine.

Instagram Sightings at SXSW The following locations will be incorporating your Instagram photographs into their events:

Performances from bands on Instagram These Instagramming bands will have shows during SXSW:

We’re looking forward to meeting as many of you as we can while we’re in Austin, and can’t wait to see your photos tagged with #instameet from this weekend’s Worldwide InstaMeet!

Welcome to the Instagram Team, Bailey Richardson!

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Instagram Name: @baileyelaine

Hometown: Los Gatos, CA

Position at Instagram: Community

Everyone here at Instagram is very excited to welcome our newest member, Bailey Richardson! She holds a degree in American Studies from Stanford and has previously worked with the SFMOMA in communications and recently Ugallery as the Community & Marketing Manager.

We asked Bailey what she was most excited about in starting her position at Instagram, “Lots of things got me excited about Instagram - the ‘stickiness’ of the product, the global visual documentation that’s at your fingertips within the application, mobile photos’ power to communicate the look of your daily life with others, and just how Instagram makes your life feel a little more beautiful. Using the application has helped train my eyes to notice the details around me day in and day out that I know I’d miss otherwise.”

When Bailey isn’t heads down in her iPhone exploring on Instagram, she can be found playing field hockey, surfing, snowboarding in Tahoe, learning to play guitar & solving extremely difficult Tuesday morning crossword puzzles.

We’re thrilled to have Bailey join as the third member of our Community team here at Instagram! We’re also actively seeking more folks passionate about Instagram to join our team. Check out our Jobs page and if you think you’d be a good fit at Instagram, be sure to send an email to jobs@instagram.com

Welcome to the Instagram Team, Ryan Gomba!

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Instagram Name: @ryangomba

Hometown: Hopewell Junction (yes, a junction), NY

Position at Instagram: Engineer

We’re excited to welcome the latest addition to our team, Ryan Gomba, who comes to us straight out of Georgia Tech (he actually hasn’t graduated, yet!) where he studied Computer Science and ran D1 track.

Ryan held an internship at SimpleGeo last summer, a geo-location startup that has since been acquired, working with iOS.

When asked what about a position at Instagram interested him, he shared, “I owned a DSLR for awhile, but quickly realized that the best photos are the ones most easily shared. Instagram is like a family photo album. Except it’s always open, changes in real-time, and brings together more than just family. Work on something you love, right? Well that’s why I’m here.”

When Ryan isn’t hard at work, he can be found outdoors either hiking, biking, running, or skiing. He loves to travel while avoiding any and all tourist traps & his ultimate vacation would be an arduous week of trekking in the Alps. It is also very important to note that Ryan makes a mean blueberry pie.

We’re so happy to have Ryan with us in San Francisco, and on board the Instagram team! We’re also actively seeking more folks passionate about Instagram to join our team. Check out our Jobs page and if you think you’d be a good fit at Instagram, be sure to send an email to jobs@instagram.com

Video

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Our CEO + co-founder Kevin Systrom sits down with Kevin Rose to chat about the experiences that led up to launching his own startup and what’s ahead for Instagram. 

Welcome to the Instagram Team, Tim Van Damme!

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We’re so happy to announce the newest addition to our Instagram team, Tim Van Damme (@maxvoltar), who is joining as a designer!

Tim is self-taught in design and learned through hours upon hours after school and after work experimenting and learning. He started as a freelance designer, then became an iOS designer at Gowalla. He’s also recently become a full-time father!

Tim has been sharing beautiful photos on Instagram since the day we launched. “When I realized things at Gowalla were coming to an end, I looked at my iPhone home screen and asked myself which app I love, use every day, and wanted to be part of. Instagram popped out so I contacted Kevin.”

When Tim isn’t thinking about how he can make Instagram even better, you can find him taking photographs, snowboarding, having fun conversations with friends over beers & enjoying good food.

We’ve very happy to be welcoming Tim to the team today and are actively seeking more folks passionate about Instagram to join our team. Check out our Jobs page and if you think you’d be a good fit at Instagram, be sure to send an email to jobs@instagram.com

Welcome to the Instagram Team, Philip McAllister!

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We hope you’re as excited as we are about our newest team member, Philip McAllister (@phil), who is joining as a developer!

Philip has a degree in Computer Science from The University of Tulsa. He moved to Washington D.C. to work on computer visualization at the Naval Research Laboratory, but after a while he caught the startup bug and moved to San Francisco to contribute at companies such as Boxbe and 8tracks. Most recently, Philip was the Director of Mobile at Gowalla.

Philip’s passions, besides making mobile applications, include continually perfecting the margarita, and skiing/snowboarding in Tahoe. Philip also loves traveling to other countries for extended periods of time; most recently he spent 4 months in China, Japan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Indonesia!

We’ve very happy to be welcoming Philip to our team today and are actively seeking more folks passionate about Instagram to join our team. Check out our Jobs page and if you think you’d be a good fit at Instagram, be sure to send an email to jobs@instagram.com

Welcome to the Instagram Team, Gregor Hochmuth!

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We’re very excited to announce that Gregor Hochmuth (@grex) is the 8th addition to our Instagram team! 

Greg studied computer science at Stanford. He worked at Hasso Plattner Ventures, a venture capital fund in his hometown Berlin, before returning to the Bay Area and working at Google as a product manager.

With over 2,200 beautiful images shared on Instagram, Greg has clearly developed a passion for mobile photography. “I’ve always taken many photos on my iPhone and Instagram is just an incredibly special & rewarding platform for sharing them. I’m beyond excited to help many more people share their experiences with the same joy, beauty and playfulness.”

When he’s not working on or using Instagram, Greg loves taking even more photos and will have his first photography show at a gallery in Toronto soon. Being the son of two film parents, he also loves movies, going to live music, and dreaming about New York.

We’re thrilled to have Greg onboard and are actively seeking more folks passionate about Instagram to join our team. Check out our Jobs page and if you think you’d be a good fit at Instagram, be sure to send an email to jobs@instagram.com