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Ben Silbermann

Ben Silbermann

American internet entrepreneur

Ben Silbermann (born July 14, 1982) is an American Internet entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Pinterest, a social media network and self-described 'visual discovery engine, which lets users organize images, links, recipes and other things.

Early life

Silbermann was born in 1982. He was raised in Des Moines, Iowa. His parents, Jane Wang and Neil Silbermann, are ophthalmologists with a family practice still based in his native city. In 1998, Silbermann attended the Research Science Institute at MIT. Subsequently, he graduated from Des Moines Central Academy and Des Moines Roosevelt with the class of 1999. He then graduated from Yale University in the spring of 2003 with a degree in political science.

Career

Before Pinterest (which launched in March 2010), Silbermann worked at Google in the online advertising group. 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, the cofounders teamed up with Evan Sharp to create a pinboard product that would eventually be named Pinterest. 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." A little over nine years after starting Pinterest, the company held its IPO in April 2019 which valued the company around 12 billion dollars beating expectations.

Personal life

Silbermann is married to Divya Bhaskaran, with whom he has two children. He resides in San Francisco, California.

Timeline

January 1, 1982
Ben Silbermann was born in Des Moines.

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May 18, 2021
mint
Moves come after gender-discrimination settlement; 'I'm trying to personally set that better tone,' CEO says
Janice Min
March 22, 2021
Time
What happened at Pinterest fits an unnerving pattern in the tech industry that has fallen behind even legacy industries in diversity and inclusion. Janice Mins reports.
Rachel Askinasi
October 16, 2019
Business Insider
The inspiration-based site Pinterest has helped Silbermann achieve self-made-billionaire status since it went live on the web in 2010.
ERIN GRIFFITH
April 18, 2019
www.nytimes.com
Coming into these I.P.O.s, there were many questions about whether investors were willing to swallow the risk of the latest crop of tech companies.
ERIN GRIFFITH
March 22, 2019
www.nytimes.com
The start-up, which lets people create virtual "pin boards," officially joined the herd of tech companies stampeding to the public markets this year by unveiling its offering prospectus.
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