Evan Sharp

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Evan Sharp
Born1982 (age 41–42)
EducationUniversity of Chicago
Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Known forCo-founder and Chief Design & Creative Officer, Pinterest
SpouseChristina McBride

Evan Sharp (born 1982) is an American billionaire Internet entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and chief design and creative officer[1] of Pinterest, a visual discovery engine.[2] He joined the company's board of directors in March 2019.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sharp was born in 1982.[3] He was raised in York, Pennsylvania and attended York Suburban School District.[4] Both his parents were park rangers.[5] His father was an enthusiastic computer hobbyist. As a child, Sharp spent a lot of time tinkering with his father's Macintosh and taught himself how to code.[6]

Sharp attended York Suburban High School where he graduated in 2001.[7] During his high school years, he spent his free time creating icons and user interfaces.[8]

He graduated from the University of Chicago, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history.[9][10] He subsequently studied architecture at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.[10]


Sharp met Ben Silbermann in New York through a mutual friend in 2009 and they immediately connected over their love of the Internet.[11][12] Together with third cofounder Paul Sciarra, the three built the very first version of Pinterest from a small apartment in New York City on West 103rd Street.[13] He soon thereafter moved to California,[14] where he worked as a product designer at Facebook.

The first desktop version of Pinterest was launched in March 2010[15] from a makeshift office — a two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Palo Alto[15] that they shared with another start-up.[13]

Sharp is credited with designing and coding Pinterest and the Pinterest grid for the initial product launch in March 2010.[16][17] Over the years, he has overseen the creative, product and design teams[18]

On October 14, 2021, Pinterest announced that Sharp would leave his post as a Chief Design & Creative Officer at the company to join Jony Ive's LoveFrom. Sharp will reportedly stay on Pinterest's board of directors and serve as the company's advisory.[19]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2018, Jony Ive, British industrial designer and outgoing Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Apple, chose Sharp as the figure in technology he believes will change the future. Interviewed by Wired Magazine, Ive said[20] about Sharp: “He understands that complex problems can be simplified and often resolved visually. Nuance and subtlety characterize his work. He doesn’t just address a functional imperative.”

Sharp was named one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2014.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Sharp married Christina McBride in 2014.[22] He resides in San Francisco, California.[9] According to Forbes, he is worth an estimated $1 billion as of 2018.[9]


  1. ^ a b Cohen|April 1, David; 2019 .st0{fill:#F7EC13}.st1{clip-path:url}.st2{clip-path:url;fill:#020100} (April 2019). "Pinterest Co-Founder Evan Sharp Joined Fellow Co-Founder Ben Silbermann on Its Board". www.adweek.com. Retrieved July 1, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "All about Pinterest". Pinterest help. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann". cnbc.com. October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Mason, Angie (February 5, 2016). "York Sub. grad co-founded Pinterest". York Daily Record. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Flemming, Jack (October 28, 2018). "Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp had to learn how to lead". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Working out of the Box: Pinterest Co-Founder Evan Sharp". Archinect. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  7. ^ Mason, Angie. "York Sub. grad co-founded Pinterest". The York Daily Record. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  8. ^ Pinterest's Evan Sharp on the Future of Software, retrieved January 2, 2020
  9. ^ a b c "Forbes profile: Evan Sharp". Forbes. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Petrunia, Paul (March 16, 2012). "Working out of the Box: Pinterest Co-Founder Evan Sharp". archinect.com.
  11. ^ Orsini, Lauren (February 25, 2014). "Pinterest Cofounder Evan Sharp: How The Visual Web Helps You See The Future". readwrite.com.
  12. ^ "Inside Pinterest: The Coming Ad Colossus That Could Dwarf Twitter And Facebook". Forbes.com.
  13. ^ a b "Evan Sharp". Columbia GSAPP. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  14. ^ "Inside Pinterest: The Coming Ad Colossus That Could Dwarf Twitter And Facebook". forbes.com.
  15. ^ a b Bercovici, Jeff. "Inside Pinterest: The Coming Ad Colossus That Could Dwarf Twitter And Facebook". Forbes. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  16. ^ "Pinterest: Behind the Design of an Addictive Visual Network". mashable.com. December 16, 2011.
  17. ^ D'Onfro, Jillian (May 11, 2015). "How Pinterest plans to spend its new millions..." businessinsider.com.
  18. ^ "Evan Sharp, Pinterest Inc: Profile and Biography". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  19. ^ Perez, Srah (October 14, 2021). "Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp is joining Jony Ive's design firm". TechCrunch.
  20. ^ Calore, Michael (September 18, 2018). "Pinterest's Evan Sharp Trusts Design to Keep Things Simple". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  21. ^ Staff, Fast Company (January 29, 2014). "Most Creative People In Business 1000: The Complete List". Fast Company. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  22. ^ "This One-Ups The Wedding You're Planning On Pinterest". refinery29.com.

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