Silbermann at the South By Southwest Interactive conference in March 2012 in Austin, TX
|Occupation||CEO of Pinterest|
|Known for||Co-founding Pinterest|
Ben Silbermann (born c. 1982/1983) 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. 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
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. In 1998, Silbermann attended the acclaimed Research Science Institute at MIT. He graduated from Yale in 2003 with a degree in political science.
Prior to Pinterest, Silbermann worked at Google in the sales organization; however, after a short time with the company he left and started designing his own iPhone apps with a college friend, Paul Sciarra and Vikram Bhaskaran. After their initial application, Tote, failed to gain significant traction, the cofounders created a pinboard product and Pinterest was born. However, Pinterest saw a low user base and very little engagement in its early stages. Silbermann said the prospect of telling people he failed was too embarrassing so he and Sciarra continued to tinker and improve the site. Today, Pinterest claims over 20 million users.
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