Ben Silbermann

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

<b>CROWDFUNDING:</b> The JOBS Act, with its crowdfunding provision, was supposed to be kick off a revolution. Now anyone could invest in high-risk startup …

Startups

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

How to Get Free Traffic From Pinterest Search

I am going to come out and say it: <i>Pinterest is the most underrated search engine out there.</i>Yep, Pinterest is a search engine, not just a social media …

Social Media Marketing

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

Making Culture a Tangible Metric

Startups are taught to be laser-focused on the one or two critical things that will mean growth and success for their company, maximizing those …

Startups

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

45 Legendary Quotes From Successful Entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur is someone who organises and manages any enterprise,The post 45 Legendary Quotes From Successful Entrepreneurs appeared first on …

Success

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

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 …

Pinterest

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 raised another $150 million and is now valued at more than $12 billion

The company has raised more than $1 billion since it was founded in 2010.<p>Pinterest has raised $150 million in a new round of funding. The new deal values Pinterest at $12.3 billion, according to a company spokesperson, up from a valuation of $11 billion when it last raised funding two years ago.<p>The …

Pinterest

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

'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

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

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

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

Pinterest to ramp up advertising and ditch ‘Like’ button to show it’s different from Facebook and Instagram

Pinterest is set to launch its first major ad campaign in the US this summer as it looks to show that it’s not a social network.<p>Chief executive Ben …

Pinterest

Pinterest doesn't want you to see it as a social network

Believe it or not, Pinterest has never really advertised itself in the US -- remarkable for an internet giant with over 150 million users and enough clout that it can buy well-known services like Instapaper. However, you're about to see a lot more of it soon. The collection-themed company tells</i> …

Technology

Pinterest is killing off its ‘Like’ button and wants you to know it’s different from Facebook and Instagram

Pinterest isn’t a social network, okay?<p>Pinterest is not a social network — and it’s very important to Pinterest that you know that.<p>The visual discovery startup announced that it’s killing off its “Like” button on Friday, claiming people engage more with Pins when it’s not there, and that some users …

Pinterest

Pinterest, the Startup You Forgot About, Is Building Its Second Act

Remember Pinterest? Only a few years ago, the pinboard of the internet was one of the buzziest startups in Silicon Valley. Since then, the company's …

Startups

Pinterest Builds Its Second Act

Bloomberg's Sarah Frier reflects on her interview with Pinterest co-founders Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp. Techonomy CEO David Kirkpatrick also …

Pinterest

Pinterest to Start Its First U.S. Advertising Campaign

Why join yet another social network?<p>That's the question keeping people from signing up for Pinterest, according to Chief Executive Officer Ben …

Pinterest