Many of you are already familiar with the terrific Stack Overflow website, which has become the de facto resource on the web for all types of programming questions. And many of you have been asking YouTube API questions on Stack Overflow for some time now, but haven’t received any official responses from the YouTube API Developer Relations team. That’s because, for the past five years or so, our focus has been on providing developer support via our dedicated Google Group. We’ve decided that instead of continuing to maintain a dedicated Google Group for YouTube API questions, it would help more users if we focused on responding to Stack Overflow posts.

YouTube API Blog: The YouTube API on Stack Overflow


(disclosure: our firm is an investor in Stack Exchange — the company behind the mighty Stack Overflow)

Photography in particular has a lot in common with designing an interface. It’s sort of a game finding the right balance in a square. You have this square, and it has a bunch of little stuff inside it. In photography you can sometimes rearrange that stuff, but most of the time you’re just going to move the camera. When you design an interface, it’s the opposite. You can control the objects inside the frame with ease. I think the balance of a photo and the balance of an interface have a lot in common.

Happy Anniversary, Tumblr.

Exactly five years ago today, we co-led the very first investment in Tumblr. The actual announcement of the round came several months later along with a product update blog post.

So much has changed since that time. For some context, when we backed the company, there was an iPhone but the app store didn’t exist. It was just two guys, ceo/founder David Karp and Marco Arment, working on the product. And it stayed that way until the next round some fifteen months later. They did it all renting a small corner of our friend Fred Seiberts office at the time. I can still remember the talks we had on that white couch and staring at all the soda cans Marco had stacked to hold up his monitor and keyboard. 

It was an exciting time. Every day more users showed up. Creative content and communities were just being formed on the platform. And by the end of year 1, they signed up about 450k users. Today, that number is over 75million

I’m so proud of how much this team accomplished and the quality of the team as they have grown from two people to over one hundred employees. 

So happy anniversary Tumblr. It’s been a wonderful five years and I’m really excited about the next five.