Michael Krieger graduated from Stanford University, where he studied Symbolic Systems with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction. During his undergraduate studies, Krieger interned at Microsoft's PowerPoint team as a PM and at Foxmarks (now Xmarks) as a software developer.
Krieger wrote his Master's thesis on how user interfaces can better support collaboration on a large scale. After graduating, he worked at Meebo for a year and a half as a user experience designer and as a front-end engineer before joining the Instagram
team doing design and development.