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#1 Just_One_Question

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 04:02 PM

Why do some companies, like Tumblr, have so much more employees, 400, compared to other companies, such as Instagram - only 15, even though both companies have about 500 million users?
Why does Instagram need only 15 employees, whereas Tumblr needs 400? Is it a matter of sheer programming talent? :)

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 04:56 PM

Where did you read that Instagram only have 15 employees? Instagram have been bought by Facebook a few years back, so I'm guessing that there's people from Facebook working on Instagram as well.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 05:03 PM

"Instagram has been touting its advertiser growth, but the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing app is also growing in other ways, namely its employees. While the company only had 13 employees when it was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for $1 billion, it now houses 400-plus employees, most of whom are based in Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters." - a recent Fortune magazine article

I apologize, I was wrong and only found out about my mistake after posting this topic. :(

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 05:04 PM

Headcount for any company is a moving target. Depends on whether you want to be viewed as lean nimble ready for acquisition company. Or an established well staffed institution.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 05:17 PM

Headcount for any company is a moving target. Depends on whether you want to be viewed as lean nimble ready for acquisition company. Or an established well staffed institution.


Yes. I was just wondering which is the most valuable private tech company in history as measured by market cap upon acquisition per employee. I guess, there is no doubt now that this would be WhatsApp which was bought by Facebook for ~$19 billion with ~60 employees for a price of $300+ million per worker. More than twice that of Instagram. :)




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