Ben Silbermann

Pinterest Sees The Future

How visual AI will change the way we eat, play, and shop.<p>It all started 16 months ago with an avocado. (This <i>is</i> California, after all.)<p>This particular avocado was set on a boardroom table in Pinterest’s San Francisco headquarters. Surrounded by half a dozen colleagues, Albert Pereta approached the …

Social Media

Why Pinterest Deserves The Spotlight

CEO Ben Silbermann is changing the way we think about visual search, and the future.<p>I am often asked how we choose who goes on <i>Fast Company</i>‘s cover. Why Kevin Durant or Shonda Rhimes? Why Chobani’s Hamdi Ulukaya or Microsoft’s Satya Nadella?<p>Our process is a complicated, often torturous one. We don’t …

Pinterest

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

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

Startups

Enter to win a dream Apple setup worth $3,000 [Deals]

<i>The New York Times</i> best-selling author Tim Ferriss is widely regarded as one of today’s leading productivity gurus. His latest book, <i>Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World</i>, just dropped, and it’s full of great pointers for people looking to make the most out of their time and …

Tim Ferriss

6 Tech Titans Told Tim Ferriss About Their Most Worthwhile Investments

Improving yourself and making life better for people in your life are risk-free investments that pay off big time.<p>To me, there are two types of investments. There are monetary investments and then there are investments of one's time and energy. For my newest book project, I asked 100+ people I …

Success

Tim Kendall, Pinterest’s top business executive, is leaving the company

Kendall is going to build his own health care startup.<p>Tim Kendall, Pinterest’s president and its most important business executive, is leaving the company at the end of the year.<p>Kendall, who has been with Pinterest more than five years and oversees all of the company’s advertising products, sales …

Startups

Pinterest ad boss Tim Kendall is leaving the company

Jon Alferness, a former Google ad exec Pinterest poached in July, will replace Kendall as the head of Pinterest’s ad business.

Advertising

Pinterest loses its top business exec

Tim Kendall, Pinterest's president and business chief, is leaving the company at year-end of the company to start a health-focused startup, as Recode …

Business

The 50 best big companies to work for of 2017, according to employees

If you want to know what a potential employer is really like, ask an employee.<p>That's the idea behind job-hunting and employee-review site Comparably. It asks employees detailed questions about their companies: everything from compensation information to queries like "Are your company's meetings …

Business

How 'super vision' will change the way we see the world

<b>Computers are getting better at recognising faces and shapes and making connections between images, heralding a new age of visual search that could transform the way we interact with the world around us.</b><p>Have you ever searched Google maps for a destination, asked it for directions, then walked off …

Augmented Reality

Hotshot Tech Founders Face a Dilemma: Lie Low or Live Large?

Alon Cohen and Adi Tatarko, founders of online home renovation and design platform Houzz, launched their company after running into difficulties remodeling their Palo Alto home in 2009.<p>Eight years later, though their company is valued at around $4 billion, the couple is still living in the same …

Real Estate

Need IVF? These employers offer generous fertility coverage

Tech startups are known for offering perks like catered lunches, happy hours and in-office massage. With notoriously long hours, though, they’re not exactly known as family-friendly employers. But as companies expand and employees look to grow their families, some startups now cover in vitro …

Health

Pinterest now lets you create sections within your boards to further tidy up ideas

Pinterest serves as a pretty good place for users that are looking to plan large-scale projects, like outfits for big events, home design, or even life moments like a wedding or a 50th birthday party — and now the company is looking to make that even easier by introducing a more powerful way to …

Startups

Pinterest Releases New Research into How Pinners Use the Platform to Plan for Purchases

While Pinterest doesn’t have anywhere near the scale or size of Facebook, or even Twitter, the platform has been slowly building its eCommerce …

Pinterest

The week ahead: Spotlight on social media

<i>With help from John Hendel and Steven Overly</i><p><b>THIS WEEK: SPOTLIGHT ON SOCIAL MEDIA —</b> All eyes are on Facebook, Twitter and Google as they take center stage on Capitol Hill this week for a series of hearings on Russian use of social media to interfere in the 2016 election. First up, they’ll testify …

Pinterest

Insider Q&A: Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann talks AI, rivals

NEW YORK (AP) — Pinterest often gets lumped in with social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook, but people don't use it to meet new people or to keep in touch with old classmates. It's designed more to let you get in touch with your own interests, tastes and hobbies.<p>"There other people …

Business

When Will I Be Able to Buy Pinterest Stock?

Pinterest has an 11-figure valuation, but retail investors can't buy shares just yet.<p>Pinterest has been one of the biggest internet start-up success …

Stocks

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

Why fashion is winning the digital wars

Last week saw Fashion Week descend on London once more and this time VIPs from the FROW had every reason to look pleased with themselves – they are …

Pinterest

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 …

Économie

New Twist on Venture Capital Taps a Well-Connected Village

Venture-capital investing often resembles a competitive blood sport, with hundreds of firms battling to get into the best deals. There are only so …

Venture Capital

#SocialSkim: Facebook Nixes a B2B Feature, Governments Grow Weary of Social: 10 Stories This Week

In this week's 'Skim: Facebook pulls an important B2B targeting capability (and how B2Bs can survive); Messenger hits 1.3 billion users, but its …

Pinterest

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 …

Disrupt NY

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

Acne Studios Opens With a Hot Party in an Old Ice Warehouse in San Francisco

While New York kicked off fashion month on Wednesday night, San Francisco celebrated an addition to its shopping scene: a big, new Acne Studios store. A particularly stylish mix of tech bigwigs and fashion and art personalities packed into the space awash in a muted sienna paint inspired by the …

Acne Studios

Acne Studios Opens San Francisco Store; West Hollywood to Follow

The company's latest store is on Geary Street, its fifth location in the U.S. after three in New York and one in Los Angeles.<p>Acne Studios this week …

Acne Studios