Instagram Co-Founders Abruptly Depart, Leaving the Company’s Path Forward Unclear

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are moving on

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Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger abruptly departed the company Monday night, leaving the future of the Facebook-owned app uncertain.

In a statement, Systrom, Instagram’s CEO, wrote that he and Krieger were “ready for our next chapter.”

“We’re planning on leaving Instagram to explore our curiosity and creativity again,” Systrom wrote. “Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that’s what we plan to do.”

Neither Systrom nor Krieger said what their next plans were.

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