Ben Silbermann

How Visual Search Is Influencing Marketing: A Look at Pinterest Lens

Marketers and consumers have long turned to search engines for convenience. But as our interfaces have changed and our options for media have …

Pinterest

26 memorable quotes from Disrupt San Francisco 2017

1/26<p>Fritz Lanman, ClassPass<p>On the heels of its $70 million Series C, an expansion to new markets and a partnership with Blink Fitness, the popular workout subscription service ClassPass is now beginning to experiment with variable pricing. The test was revealed by new ClassPass CEO Fritz Lanman, …

Startups

Zuckerberg, Gates, Bezos... Les géants de la tech s'associent pour le fonds Village Global

Village Global vise à financer des projets en amorçage, voire en pré-amorçage. Ce fonds de capital-risque souhaiterait rassembler jusqu'à 50 millions …

Jeff Bezos

Pinterest Sections will soon allow users to organize boards into sub-boards

Pinterest is a home for organizing all of your online finds — but the platform could soon be getting even more organized for those Pins — which now …

Pinterest

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 Draws 485 Startups, Many From Asia, Europe, Latin America

Disrupt SF, TechCrunch’s flagship startup event is kicking off this morning with some of the greatest minds in technology, including Heather Adkins, the founding member of the Google Security Team, Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin in conversation with Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Russian investor Yuri …

Startups

Tune in to Disrupt SF Day 1 right here!

Buckle up, folks! It’s going to be one helluva week.<p>Disrupt SF is about to kick off at 9 a.m., and for those of you who didn’t make it out to Pier 48, we’re bringing the show to you.<p>Today, we’ll be sitting down with some of the greatest minds in tech, including Google’s Heather Adkins, Ethereum’s …

Disrupt NY

Pinterest’s new Sections feature begins beta testing, public launch in ‘weeks’

Pinterest is rolling out a new feature inspired by its power users, said Pinterest CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann, speaking today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco. The new addition, called Sections, allows Pinterest users to divide their board into various sub-groups related to the board’s …

Technology

Pinterest tops 200 million members

SAN FRANCISCO — Pinterest's shift to mobile is paying off.<p>The visual-discovery tool — don't call it a social network — grew 38% from a year ago, to more than 200 million members, as an increasingly popular mobile platform to search for food, style, home and beauty.<p>"As the smartphone has become a …

Pinterest

Silicon Valley’s top tech execs wear only the most expensive, rare, and stylish sunglasses | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

You generally won’t find Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, or other billionaire tech execs sporting expensive tailored suits or Rolexes like their high-powered …

Silicon Valley

The expensive, rare, and stylish sunglasses worn by Silicon Valley's top tech execs

Silicon Valley's tech elite don't define their status with the typical trappings of wealth.<p>You generally won't find Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, or other billionaire tech execs sporting expensive tailored suits or Rolexes like their high-powered peers in the rest of corporate America. Instead, they signal …

Business

Term Sheet -- Thursday, August 17

CROWDFUNDING, 40 UNDER 40, FEES, DRY POWDER<p><b>CROWDFUNDING:</b> The JOBS Act, with its crowdfunding provision, was supposed to be kick off a revolution. Now …

Startups

Noted: New Logo for Pinterest

“Conflict of Pinterests” (Est. 2010) "Pinterest is the world's catalog of ideas. Our mission is to help people discover the things they love, and …

Identity

Growth Hacking: Strategies Learned Studying 77 Big Name Brands

Starting a business is hard.<p>Finding your first customers is even harder.<p>Every day companies with kick ass products fail. Why?<p>Lot of reasons. …

Startups

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 will feature some of tech’s wildest success stories

Time is marching on — sometimes at an alarming rate — and we’re quickly approaching TechCrunch’s annual huge conference in San Francisco.<p>TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 is less than a month away at Pier 48 in San Francisco. This year’s lineup includes a stellar group of speakers, including Pinterest’s …

Startups

Ben Silbermann joins us at Disrupt SF to map out the future of searching through your phone’s eyes

Pinterest is one of the industry’s most fascinating companies — going from a simple digital collage to one of the leaders in image recognition and visual search, of all things. That feeds into the company’s hope of helping its users — more than 175 million strong — discover things they didn’t …

Startups

Ditch self-promotion for humility and your startup could thrive

Entrepreneurs are constantly told the importance of confidence and assertiveness, but one venture capitalist has driven home the value of humility …

Startups

What We Learned from Improving Diversity Rates at Pinterest

In today’s workplace, diversity is more than just a buzzword; it’s a way to build a stronger business. At Pinterest, we understand that diverse teams yield smarter, more innovative results, which are essential in the competitive, dynamic tech industry. With over 175 million active users worldwide, …

Diversity

How Pinterest is taking on Google, Facebook and Snapchat

At the recent advertising conference in Cannes, France, Pinterest announced its presence with zeal and whimsy.<p>Up and down the festival’s main …

Pinterest

Pinterest Wants to Show Advertisers It Can Run With the Big Dogs

At the recent advertising conference in Cannes, France, Pinterest announced its presence with zeal and whimsy.<p>Up and down the festival’s main boulevard, displays showcased new technology that allows users to search the digital scrapbook site using pictures taken on their smartphones. It claimed a …

Business

When Silicon Valley startups want to sell ads they head to the South of France

Glamorous Cannes is now a routine stop on the road to IPO.<p>Why did almost everyone in the media world spend the last week in Cannes, France?<p>Well, for starters, because everyone in the media world — or at least the people who get to expense trips to Cannes, France — enjoys glad-handing, …

Technology

Not All of Uber’s Problems Are “The Valley’s Problems”

Don’t paint every company in the Valley with Uber’s tarred brush.<p>Now that the other shoe has dropped, and Uber’s CEO has been (somewhat) restrained, …

Silicon Valley

Pinterest Raises $150 Million at a $12 Billion Valuation

The new funding round will probably delay any plans for an IPO.<p>Pinterest has raised $150 million in funding from existing investors at a $12.3 billion valuation, the company said on Tuesday.<p>The round was based on Pinterest's share price from two years ago, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. It brings the app …

Startups

Pinterest is now valued at $12 billion after raising another $150 million in funding

Pinterest has raised $150 million in funding from existing investors at a $12.3 billion valuation, the company said on Tuesday.<p>The round was based on Pinterest's share price from two years ago, according to Bloomberg. It brings the app maker's valuation up slightly from $11 billion in April …

Advertising

7 Solutions for the Control Freak

Two exceedingly wise and simple maxims underpin the teachings of today’s business and spiritual leaders. Follow these rules, they say, and you’ll …

Self-improvement

'Don't Boil the Ocean': How RPA Hired 120 People in Four Months

When L.A. shop RPA won back Honda's massive media account early this year, it needed some extra hands on deck. About 120 pairs of them.<p>The …

Advertising Industry

THE $10 BILLION CLUB: Meet the 7 most valuable startups in the US

Over the past several years, we've seen a rise in private companies valued at more than a billion dollars — the so-called "unicorns."<p>But when too many startups became unicorns, a new class of startups emerged: "decacorns," companies valued at over $10 billion.<p>These are the Ubers and Airbnbs of the …

Startups

Pinterest is putting its autoplay video ads in a lot more places

Pinterest wants to make $500 million in revenue this year. More video ads should help.<p>More video ads are coming to Pinterest.<p>The search and discovery startup, which started testing autoplay video ads back in November, will now run those ads in a number of new places inside the service, including …

Advertising

Looking to Expand Its Global Reach, Pinterest Hires Its First U.S. Media Agency

Pinterest is not a social network; it’s “an app people use to design their lives.”<p>Co-founders Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp have been making that …

Advertising Industry

10 Valuable Entrepreneurial Insights From Y Combinator

No idea amounts to anything without sound planning and skilled execution.<p>Y Combinator is a firm that advises startups and invests in the ones holding promise. Last month, the YC community hosted a two-day demo featuring 103 different startups from a wide variety of industries. Some of the vendors …

Entrepreneurship

The View From Pinterest: New Features, Forecasts, Personnel Shifts

Pinterest this week is rolling out new object-detection capabilities to its Lens beta, including the ability to read QR Codes with Lens.<p>“Now, people …

Pinterest