David Karp

"To me, one of the most exciting things about the web is there is everybody else. There is everybody who wasn’t —  forgive this horrible analogy —  but everybody who wasn’t the star athlete, everybody who wasn’t like a social butterfly — who had a hobby that maybe none of their friends appreciated. Nobody else at their high school appreciated. There were plenty of geeks, plenty of people who really were open people but didn’t have anyone to open up to. One of the funnest things about [the web] is you realize that there is a much bigger world out there — and lots of little pockets and places to connect with people that are more like you.”

— Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp (david) in 2010.

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We talked to Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp (david​) about awesome new technology, how he built the platform and dropping out of school.

P.S. we asked an extra question for you at the end, Tumblr :) 

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DESIGN: David Karp’s $1.6M Williamsburg Loft

David Karp, the founder of recent Yahoo billion dollar acquisition Tumblr purchased a $1.6 million dollar apartment in Williamsburg last year. He has since renovated it and gave the first look to New York Times’ T Magazine.

The apartment is surprisingly minimalist and free of technology for a tech entrepreneur. It is simple and crafted with quality materials as opposed to being over the top and fitted with flat screens that appear out of the floor. 

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Tumblr’s David Karp Defends Net Neutrality: 
"…Imagine a world where the next kids getting started with their vision, with their big idea, are stuck having to think about negotiating or establishing relationships with these big gatekeepers — before they are able to think about doing anything ambitious on the Internet. That’s a really, really scary notion and one that we need to work very hard, and will be working very hard, to make sure it does not happen."

— Tumblr CEO David Karp (david), advocating net neutrality at Wired BizCon on May 13, 2014 in New York City.

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