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Kevin Systrom  CEO & Co-founder of Instagram

As of today, Instagram crossed the one million advertisers mark. One of those advertisers is 16-year-old Morgan Hipworth, the owner of @bistromorgan, an artisanal doughnut shop he opened in Windsor, Australia. (Morgan runs his business when he’s not busy being in the 11th grade.) It’s because of entrepreneurs like Morgan and the ingenuity of our team at Instagram that we’ve reached this milestone today. Congratulations to the team!
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Today I took the #LiveTogether Norooz challenge with Pejman Nozad. At Instagram, it's our mission to strengthen relationships through shared experiences so Pejman and I went live over Persian tea to celebrate Persian New Year. Pejman taught me how to say "Happy New Year" in Farsi and shared some of his traditions for the holiday. I'm glad we could do this together and challenge Mike Krieger, Marne Levine and Kevin Weil to take the challenge next.

This week, I had lunch with some of our aspiring product managers. They’re part of a program lasts 18 months and includes 3 rotations working with different teams. We had a great conversation about some of the things they’re working on, like initiatives around keeping people safe on social media, messaging, advertising, and new formats for sharing. I learn so much every time I meet with the people who build the features our community gets to use!

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stopped by Instagram today for a conversation about women's leadership, global events, and diplomacy moderated by @heyberna. Secretary Albright has spent her entire career fighting for rights for women and girls around the world, and made history by becoming the first woman to serve as Secretary of State. I am thrilled she could come to Instagram today to help us celebrate International Women's Day, and am grateful for all of our women leaders here at Instagram, including a few pictured here with Secretary Albright. #WomensDay #EmbraceAmbition

Today, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day. At Instagram, these are some of the amazing women work to bring us closer to our mission to strengthen relationships through shared experiences. You can find their contributions in our code, throughout the product’s design, in our marketing materials, on partnership initiatives and on our leadership team, to name a few. I greatly appreciate the work they do and believe that Instagram is a better company because of their contributions! #WomensDay #EmbraceAmbition

Thank you to to everyone who came out to the #Girlboss Rally today to see me chat with @SophiaAmoruso. We chatted about entrepreneurship, passion, and the most influential women in my life (hat tip @diane @nicole @kate!). We closed the session by taking this epic selfie-boom with the amazing audience! 🤗

My sister @kate and I take on the Oscars tonight! 👍🏻

Starting today, you can share multiple photos and videos in one post to your Instagram feed. For me, this means that instead of choosing the best photo from my time skiing in Montana last weekend, I can share a bunch of memories at once.
When uploading, you’ll see a new icon to select up to 10 photos or videos. You can tap and hold to change the order, apply a filter to everything at once or edit one by one. Have fun!

Today is Safer Internet Day, and I can't think of a better time to thank just a few of the people at Instagram that spend their days working toward the goal of making Instagram the most welcoming and supportive platform in the world. They're building tools to give people control, like our new comment filters, and creating resources to connect people to help when they're going through a tough time. This is just the beginning, and we're grateful to the entire community for helping us be the best that we can be. #saferinternetday

View from the top last week 🚵🏻 now I'm sick in bed with a cold and nursing my ankle 🤕🤒 can't wait to get back in the saddle soon 💪🏻

My goal this past year was to find the largest and most difficult cycling climbs and tackle them one by one. I summited Mont Ventoux in France, then Onion Valley in California. However, yesterday I set out to summit the highest cycling climb in the world: Mauna Kea with an overall climb ascent of just over 14,000ft. This climb surpassed Ventoux by a whopping 8,000ft. Locals told me I was crazy (they were right), a former Tour de France winner told me it was the toughest climb he'd ever experienced (he was right) but that made it all the more exciting. I started the climb at 7:30am by dipping my wheels in the Pacific, then the grueling ascent began. Over 7 hours passed along the way. There were moments I felt confident, and others where I was so shaken I nearly quit. As much as I'd like to claim I rode the whole way, there were 30 minute stretches of walking where I simply couldn't muster the energy. The lack of air doesn't help. Up there, oxygen drops by half. At one particular moment, two miles from the summit I nearly quit. I was freezing, couldn't speak, and my muscles wouldn't stand let alone pedal a bike. But @nicole @kate @petecarolan @philgaimon and @bigislandbiketours encouraged me to push on. So I did. In the slowest two miles I've ever ridden, I inched up the road. I moved so slowly that @kate was able to walk past me and take the photo above. As I turned the last bend and the observatories came into sight I pushed the last and final few feet with whatever adrenaline I had left. Standing there I looked down the volcano, through the clouds to where we had started. To me, this was 2016; we had all started out on some journey of our own. While at times the going was easy, at others we faced challenges so great that we all wanted to quit. But we just got back on and rode or walked or shuffled our way onwards; one foot and then the next. And when we finally do reach the summit, with the support of friends and family, we realize we're all capable of much more than we thought. And it all starts with a commitment to try. Happy 2017 all, and go dip those tires!

It's here: the end of 2016 and the beginning of a new year with new goals. But before the year is out, I'm going to finish my challenge to find the hardest cycling climbs and take them on. Tomorrow, @philgaimon and I are going to summit Mauna Kea. At over 14,000ft it will beat my largest climb yet by 8,000ft. Wish me luck... if I have signal I'll be posting on my story along the way 👋🏻🚵🏻

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