The Team Facebook Bought for $1 Billion

Shayne Sweeney
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Shayne Sweeney

Role: Engineer

Sweeney is the wild card of the group. With no college degree, he still managed to be the first engineer hired on to the Instagram team in 2010. Self-taught, Sweeney became serious about programming in high school and worked for a number of start-ups in Chico, California, before moving to San Francisco to work as director of development at social-marketing firm EGG HAUS. As luck would have it, Systrom rented a desk across from him in 2010 and the two built a relationship that eventually led to a job for Sweeney. Sweeney could be the troublemaker in this acquisition, though, as he told PandoDaily in a recent interview that he fears “what happens when we [Instagram] grow into a ‘big boy company.’”