David Karp: The MasterMind Behind Tumblr

Overview

What's more popular than Tumblr? This microblogging site has taken the Web by storm since its founding in 2007. Not much can top it when it comes to capturing its fans' imaginations, except for perhaps its creator, David Karp.

Karp developed Tumblr after he tried to start a blog and found the process daunting. With most platforms, a blogger faces a huge, empty text box that begs to be filled with words. It was intimidating for a guy who'd never blogged before. Karp had the idea ...

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Overview

What's more popular than Tumblr? This microblogging site has taken the Web by storm since its founding in 2007. Not much can top it when it comes to capturing its fans' imaginations, except for perhaps its creator, David Karp.

Karp developed Tumblr after he tried to start a blog and found the process daunting. With most platforms, a blogger faces a huge, empty text box that begs to be filled with words. It was intimidating for a guy who'd never blogged before. Karp had the idea for tumblelogging-creating short blog posts-and built Tumblr as a platform. It lets users easily post both text and images, making Tumblr highly visual and expressive.

Creating a different way to blog came naturally to Karp, who never does things by the book. At fifteen, he dropped out of school. At seventeen, he moved to Tokyo, holing up with a computer and fine-tuning his tech skills. He returned to the states to build a business-but to do that, he stretched the truth. He used a deep voice on the phone with potential clients so they wouldn't guess how young he was. He didn't tell anyone how little experience he had. Yet people could see he had a good thing going with Tumblr. The company quickly found support and grew into what it is today: a groundbreaking site for connection and creation. And as the mastermind behind it, Karp is sure to remain a figure to watch.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Bland, standard-issue profile of a (now) 26-year-old Internet entrepreneur. Citing only previously published sources, the author retraces Karp's rocketlike rise from disaffected student and teenage computer nerd to chief architect of Tumblr. Since he hasn't really done much, aside from leaving school early, spending a few months in Japan and then making a zillion dollars since 2007 with his microblogging platform, the narrative is largely an eye-glazing tally of internships, business associates, awards and dizzying statistical milestones. Kenney neglects to analyze Tumblr's innovations, online community or general context--or for that matter, even to explain the origins of "tumblelog," from which the platform's name is derived. Her insights into Karp's character are limited to mentions of idols Steve Jobs (extolled for his "keynotes") and Willy Wonka and his habit of carrying a paper notebook because "[being] on computers all the time makes me feel gross." Many of the color photos are space-filler views of city skylines or the outsides of buildings. Just another fabulously wealthy high school dropout role model. (endnotes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467712859
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,295,518
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Latchana Kenney was born near the rainforests of Guyana, but moved far north to Minnesota at a young age. She has written more than 70 books on all kinds of subjects: from arts and crafts to biographies of famous people. When she's not busy writing, she loves biking and hiking with her husband and young son in the many beautiful parks of the state.

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Table of Contents

The Coding Kid 9

Inside Frederator Studios 12

UrbanBaby and Tokyo 15

Welcome to Davidville 19

Hello, Tumblr 22

Growing Pains 25

Big Changes 29

New Investors and Growth 32

Tumbling into the Future 36

Important Dates 40

Source Notes 42

Selected Bibliography 45

Further Reading 46

Index 48

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