Alan Schaaf

Founder, Imgur

Alan Schaaf

For being the WhatsApp of images.

With 130 million uniques each month, Imgur, a trove for viral memes and photos, is now one of the Internet’s most-visited sites. After seeing a social network bloom, Alan Schaaf and his team have added features such as comments and private messaging, along with galleries of its most popular images. This year, the company raised $40 million in a round of funding. “People come home from work and they just want to unwind,” Schaaf says. “[On Imgur,] they don’t need to log in, they don’t need to create an account, they don’t need to pick interests. They just hit the next button.”

About the author

Sarah Kessler is a senior writer at Fast Company, where she writes about the on-demand/gig/sharing "economies" and the future of work.