David Karp : the mastermind behind Tumblr

by Kenney, Karen Latchana.

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Biography JUV 92 Karp
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  JUV 92 Karp

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.

The coding kid
Inside Frederator Studios
Urbanbaby and Tokyo
Welcome to Davidville
Hello, Tumblr
Growing pains
Big changes
New investors and growth
Tumbling into the future
Important dates.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When it comes to biographies, readers often have to pick between Ben Franklin and Franklin Roosevelt, so here's something new. David Karp, now just 23, is the founder of Tumblr (sort of a cross between a Twitter post and a blog). Like Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs before him, Karp was fascinated by computers at a young age he was coding programs on his dad's Apple by the age of 10. When high school didn't interest him, his mother allowed him to be homeschooled, with an emphasis on computers, coding, and Japanese. By 19, he had his own company. This slim, trim biography will have real appeal for readers. Not only does it chronicle the life of a young man with whom they can identify but it also provides insight into the social media world that they're smack in the middle of. The color photographs are well chosen, and the quotes are all sourced. A list of websites and articles and books for further reading will direct kids who want to know more.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Gateway biographies (Lerner Publications Company)
Subjects Karp, David, -- 1986-
Tumblr (Electronic resource) -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Tumblr (Electronic resource) -- History.
Web site development industry -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Computer programmers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Young businesspeople -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Entrepreneurship -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile literature.
Internet industry -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Web site development industry -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Computer programmers -- New York (State) -- New York.
Young businesspeople -- New York (State) -- New York.
Entrepreneurship -- New York (State) -- New York.
Internet industry -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Publisher Minneapolis :Lerner Publications,2013
Audience Ages 9-14.
Language English
Description 48 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 46) and index.
ISBN 9781467712859 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
146771285X (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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