Ben Silbermann

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Ben Silbermann
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Silbermann at the South By Southwest Interactive conference in March 2012 in Austin, TX
Born c. 1982/1983
Nationality American
Occupation CEO of Pinterest
Known for Co-founding Pinterest
Spouse(s) Divya Bhaskaran

Ben Silbermann (born c. 1982/1983)[1] is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded and is CEO of Pinterest, a virtual pinboard which lets users organize images, links, recipes and other things.[2] The website allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections called "pinboards". Examples include events, interests, hobbies and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, 're-pin' images to their own collections and/or 'like' photos.

Life and career[edit]

Silbermann was raised in Des Moines, Iowa. His parents, Jane Wang and Neil Silbermann, are ophthalmologists with a family practice. He is married to Divya Bhaskaran, with whom he has a son, Max.[3] In 1998, Silbermann attended the acclaimed Research Science Institute at MIT. He graduated from Yale in 2003.[4]

Prior to Pinterest, Silbermann worked at Google in the online advertising group;[2] however, after a short time with the company he left and started designing his own iPhone apps with a college friend, Paul Sciarra. After their initial application, Tote, failed to gain significant traction,[5] the cofounders teamed up with Evan Sharp to create a pinboard product that would eventually be named Pinterest.[2] Silbermann says that the genesis of Pinterest really came from his love of collecting as a kid. “Collecting tells a lot about who you are,” he said, and when they looked at the web “there wasn’t a place to share that side of who you were.”[6]

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