Company

A brief history

Pinterest is the visual discovery engine. It is where you find and do what you love. With Pinterest, you can discover useful and relevant things that inspire you to do stuff.

It all started in 2010 when three entrepreneurs came together. Their goal was simple: to create something they thought was useful and that a few other people would find useful, too.

It began as a tool to help people collect the things they were passionate about online. But it soon became apparent that the real joy was getting inspired by what other people shared and applying that inspiration to their own lives.

Pinners began using the platform to answer everyday questions like “What should I cook?” and “What should I wear?” They also used it for epic goals like getting a tattoo or building motorcycles. Whatever the interest, people have told us that life gets a little bit better when they can use these ideas to make more of their moments.

Today, more than 200 million people come to the platform every month to explore and experience more than 100 billion ideas. We’re proud to help people discover and do what they love. And the really exciting part is that we are just getting started.

Our headquarters are in San Francisco, CA. We have over 1,300 employees in offices across the globe, including in Atlanta, Berlin, Chicago, Detroit, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seattle and Tokyo.

200m+
monthly active users
100b+
Pins saved by Pinners
80%
of Pinners use our mobile app
50%+
Pinners live outside the U.S.

Pinterest is the visual discovery engine. Our mission is to help people discover and do what they love.

Our leadership

Ben Silbermann

Ben Silbermann

Co-founder and CEO

Ben is the co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. He loves saving ideas about food, photography and activities to do with his two kids. Before starting Pinterest, Ben worked at Google and graduated from Yale.

Evan Sharp

Evan Sharp

Co-founder

Evan is the co-founder of Pinterest where he leads all product, marketing and design efforts. Before Pinterest, Evan worked at Facebook as a product designer. He received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Chicago and studied architecture at Columbia University. 

Li Fan

Li Fan

SVP of Engineering

Li is the SVP of Engineering at Pinterest where she leads the company's technical direction and all engineering teams. Before Pinterest, she was a Senior Director of Engineering at Google overseeing image search, as well as Vice President of Engineering at Baidu. She holds a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BS in Computer Science from Fudan University in Shanghai.

Todd Morgenfeld

Todd Morgenfeld

Chief Financial Officer

Todd is the CFO at Pinterest and oversees business and corporate development, finance, accounting, investor relations, workplace, IT and community ops. Previously, he was VP of Finance at Twitter and served as an armor officer in the United States Army. Todd holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated first in his class.

Jon Alferness

Jon Alferness

SVP of Ads and Commerce

Jon is the SVP of Ads and Commerce at Pinterest, where he’s responsible for the ads product, sales, marketing and measurement teams. Prior to Pinterest, Jon was a VP of Product Management at Google, leading several ads teams including Shopping and Travel. He has a BS in Computer Science from Cornell.