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03.01 Could You Be an Entrepreneur
Transcript of 03.01 Could You Be an Entrepreneur
As stated earlier, Karp was learning HTML at eleven and would go on to design websites for businesses. When he was fourteen, he did an internship at Frederator Studios as an animation producer. Then later on a Frederator employee recommended Karp to help with a technical issue on UrbanBaby, an online parenting forum. He finished working on it in a matter of hours, although he was given a few days to complete it. Entrepreneur John Maloney was impressed and made Karp Head of Product at UrbanBaby. Since UrbanBaby was sold to CNET in 2006, Karp left and it wasn't long before he launched Tumblr, a microblogging platform and social networking website. Within two weeks, Tumblr had at least 70,000 users.
Choosing my Entrepreneur
03.01 Could You Be an Entrepreneur
Karp knew he wanted to develop a short-form blogging platform, but he needed the money to do so.
He found a way around the issue with money. He used what he earned from his share of sale when UrbanBaby was sold to CNET. The money went towards establishing his software consultancy firm named Davidville, which was then used to launch Tumblr.
Karp found and acquainted himself with people like Fred Seibert (founder of Frederator Studios), John Maloney (entrepreneur), and Marco Arment (first employee of Tumblr). Networking with people turned his vision into reality.
Karp and Arment began working on their short-form blogging platform during a two-week gap between contracts in 2006. Tumblr was launched in 2007, and since then over 100 mllion posts have been made to the website.
"David Karp: Biography, Pictures and Facts." Famous Entrepreneurs. N.p., n.d. Web. Feb. 2015. <http://www.famous-entrepreneurs.com/david-karp>.
David Karp was born on the 6th of July, 1986, in New York City. He is 28 years old and has a Jewish background. Karp started learning HTML at the age of eleven, so growing up he had a lot of opportunities to design websites for small local businesses. He then attended The Bronx High School of Science but dropped out when he was fifteen and never returned. Despite this, Karp worked hard and did not give up on himself. Due to his interest in short form blogging platforms, he launched Tumblr in 2007, which has been popular ever since. His background influenced him and his love for computers, which changed his overall outcome in life. Karp pushed towards his dreams and did not let his age shape people's assumptions of him.
David Karp's contributions are memorable because almost everyone, especially teenagers, knows what Tumblr is, even if they are not a user of the website. His worked helped shape American society because many people interact all around the world and create new friendships through Tumblr, even if it is through a screen. Karp altered his plan along the way; he closed down his consultancy company because "he felt it was interfering with his clientele" and 25 percent of the company was sold to investors. Still, Tumblr holds up to this day, having more than 225 million blogs posted. Karp inspired me and tons of other individuals to keep working hard and push through your obstacles to achieve your goals.
David Karp—founder and CEO of Tumblr
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