A few months ago, two hackers in residence, Alex Chung and Jace Cooke, built something called Giphy. Animated GIFs have existed for decades, but there was still no good way to browse and discover the best the web had to offer. And the vision for Giphy isn’t really just about finding GIFs. It’s a search engine today but soon you’ll see it grow into a community, a platform with a host of features targeted at gif artists, enthusiasts, bloggers, and anyone generally looking to discover or create that next big meme.
When the team launched Giphy, it truly was a “hack”, a fun experiment to try and remedy something we felt had been broken for far too long. It spread quickly, serving millions of results in the first few weeks. The response has been overwhelming and we’ve learned so much more than we could have anticipated.
We have lots more fun planned, but for now it’s back to work…