Among the 24 people invited to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama in her guest box during President Obama’s State of the Union address were Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple’s Steve Jobs and founder of Emerson Collective, and Mike Krieger, co-founder of the photo-sharing application Instagram.
At the White House reception for her guests, the First Lady agreed to have an Instagram photo of herself with Krieger (shown).
In a decades-long White House tradition, the guests are chosen to represent a cross-section of “extraordinary Americans who exemplify the themes and ideals laid out in the State of the Union Address,” as described on the White House blog. On this occasion guests included teachers, small business owners, innovators, health care reform beneficiaries and people serving in the armed forces.
Krieger, a native of São Paulo, Brazil, is currently working under an H1-B visa and has applied for permanent residency to contine running the company he co-founded with Kevin Systrom in 2010. Instagram has $7.5 million in funding, 10 employees and 15 million users, even though the app is only available for devices that use Apple’s iOS.
Michele Obama’s full guest list – http://tinyurl.com/6uszofr
White House blog post – http://tinyurl.com/7s63wlj
Mike Krieger’s post – http://instagr.am/p/kWt5w