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New York Times story on the people connections that helped Instagram find cofounders, stay online, recruit engineers, gain influential followers, and raise money.

First big check for Burbn was $250k from Steve Anderson initiated by a demo at a Hunch party at Madrone Art Bar.

25,000 users in the first 24 hours, Instagram grew to 300,000 by Week 3. The Android app brought in 1 million new users in 24 hours.

I love these three lessons:

1. Timing matters.

2. You make your own luck.

3. Your social ties are directly correlated to your success.

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