THE STORY

Growing up in Illinois, Ben Silbermann’s parents were doctors. His two sisters were doctors. When Ben went to college, he wanted to become a doctor. A couple of years later, Ben realized it was not for him, so he ended up in business and secured a job at Google.

His daily tasks involved spreadsheets and data analysis, but all Ben really wanted was to build products. He kept complaining until one day his girlfriend told him to stop talking and actually do it. So, Ben took the leap and quit Google.

As a kid, Ben always enjoyed collecting things. With his friend Paul Sciarra, he thought of building an app for iPhone that helps with collecting things. But destiny had a different say. When the two tried to raise funds from investors, they got more rejections than they could count. It was 2008, and the entire world economy had just collapsed ✌. So, the thought of going back to Google was looming, and so was the embarrassment of potential failure. Refusing to let his friend down, Ben decided to keep going.

One fine day, their hard work finally paid off. Ben got a check from an investor, which effectively ended their struggle 👏. Afterwards, Ben and Paul decided to pivot to what later became Pinterest, which they co-founded in 2010 with Evan Sharp. Pinterest is a catalog of ideas that helps people plan their projects. In its beginnings, it had a few hundred users, but today, Pinterest has over 175 million monthly active users worldwide.

Ben with his wife, Divya.

 

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

After the rain comes the sun. In the age of instant messaging, we tend to expect things to happen quickly. But for a lot of things, we still need to wait several months or years before seeing results. Be patient! Although it is easier said than done, I have to admit…

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