Here at the 2011 Crunchies, Imgur, the photo-sharing site made popular by the Reddit community, won the category of “Best Bootstrapped Startup.” And given the traffic numbers the startup is seeing, it’s easy to see why. According to Founder Alan Schaaf, the site sees 30 million uniques per month and a billion pageviews. (Yes, a billion!)
Schaaf admits that the startup is sort of ”under the radar in the tech community.” But there’s clearly a large demand for an image-hosting site that doesn’t focus on personal or professional photos, but on other types of images.
“I like to think of an image as different from a photo,” says Schaaf, “you would put your photos on places like Facebook or Flickr, but if you just have an image – which can be like a screenshot, a meme, something you hacked together in PhotoShop – you need a place for those too. We want to be that place.”
The full backstage interview is below:
Known as The Simple Image Sharer, Imgur provides a fast and easy service for sharing images with the Internet. The company offers free image hosting, paid Pro subscriptions, and a robust API. The site also features the Imgur Gallery, a real time collection of the most popular images being circulated on the Internet. Founder, Alan Schaaf, launched Imgur in February of 2009 when he was a Junior at Ohio University. The site immediately gained favor with users of social...