An Interview with 4chan’s moot, AKA Christopher Poole

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Christopher Poole, known online as “moot,” founded the forum-based social network 4chan when he was 15. Coding in secret, he spent late nights in high school hiding his online life from his friends and family, eventually turning 4chan into one of the Web’s best-known meme-launchers and online communities.

4chan, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year, has also been a springboard for groups like Bronies and the hacker group Anonymous. Although Poole is still running 4chan, he’s now also working on Canvas, another image-based sharing platform, and Drawquest, a free drawing community for the iPad. 

Forget College, Start In High School

ReadWrite: What’s it like to be a founder and a coder at the same time?

Chris Poole: Actually, I would say I don’t even fall into that bucket. I was probably a better programmer as a teenager than I am today. Which is kind of…

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