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 250 million people come to the platform every month to explore and experience more than 175 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 1,500 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.

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Pinterest is the visual discovery engine. Our mission is to help you discover and do what you 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


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. 

Pinterest COO Francoise Brougher

Francoise Brougher

Chief Operating Officer

Francoise is the COO at Pinterest, where she oversees global sales, marketing, customer experience, partnerships, strategy and corporate development, and communications. Previously, Brougher held business and operations roles at Square and Google. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Engineering from Institut Catholique d’Arts et Metiers in France.

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.

Image of Lawrence Ripsher, Pinterest SVP of Product

Lawrence Ripsher

SVP of Product

Lawrence is the SVP of Product at Pinterest where he leads the company's product vision and the teams building for Pinners and Partners. Previously, Lawrence ran UX and design for Bing including web, image and video search as well as Bing Maps. Before that, he was the co-founder and CEO of Kikker Interactive, which was acquired by Microsoft. Lawrence graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first class honors in Computer Science.