AMA: Mikael Cho, CEO and Co-Founder of Crew and Unsplash
7 years ago from Mikael Cho, founder/CEO at Unsplash and Crew
Hey everyone! I'm Mikael , co-founder of Crew, where we connect designers and developers with vetted short-term projects, and Unsplash, a site that offers hi-res photos that can be used for anything under the CC0 license.
We started Crew and Unsplash about 3 years ago as 4 co-founders, one of which is my wife.
I lived in my wife's parents basement for 6 of the last 8 years while I climbed out of $40k in student debt and we attempted to get Crew off the ground.
It's been a rocky journey so far but a fun, challenging one. We started with nothing more than a Mailchimp and Wufoo form, we had 2 major changes to our business model, and we primarily used side projects like Unsplash to grow which was covered by Fast Company.
Over the last 3 years, we've made a lot of progress. We've had $30M in contracts posted on Crew, each manually reviewed by our team and we now support members across 32 countries. And Unsplash has become one of the fastest growing photography communities, approaching 1 billion photos viewed/month.
Along the way, we've tried to openly share what we're going through, good and bad. Including things like our investor updates/revenue numbers, how much Unsplash costs, building our product in public, and my personal struggle with happiness as a founder.
I'm happy to answer anything today. Thanks for having me :)
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