Pinterest is announced Co-founder Evan Sharp is exiting his full-time role with the company, where he serves as chief design and creative officer, to join Johnny Ive in his new creative collective, Lovefrom. Following his final day on October 14, 2021, Sharp will take on an advisory role with Pinterest, focusing on the company’s strategy, product, design, brand and culture. He will also continue to serve on Pinterest’s board of directors.
Pinterest was Established by co-founders Sharp, Ben Silberman, and Paul Ciara in March 2010, and Pinterest today credits Sharp with leading the company during its evolution from a visual search engine to a global inspiration platform. While at Pinterest, Sharp oversaw product strategy and user experience, including architecting its Shopping and Creator platforms.
“Reflecting back over the past decade, I am filled with gratitude and pride at what our team and our community have achieved. Together we have built Pinterest: a technology company and platform that supports hundreds of millions of people around the world. is a positive ‘house of inspiration’,” Sharp said in a statement. “After long thought on how I can best enhance my ability to serve, I have decided to shift my focus and join the remarkable creative group that has gathered at Jony Ive and Lovefrom. I am on the global stage. I look forward to continuing to partner with Ben and the team at Pinterest on the company’s ambitious growth, where creators and merchants inspire people to create the life they want,” he said.
“Evan’s unique talent, vision and passion have been instrumental in making Pinterest a home of inspiration for millions of people around the world,” said Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silberman. “I am grateful for his partnership, leadership and friendship over the past 10 years and am grateful that he will continue to support Pinterest in his new role as a board member and as an advisor.”
Pinterest tells us that Sharp’s role was a unique co-founding role, so it won’t be replaced. They also didn’t have an existing team reporting to them officially, so the reporting structure hasn’t changed. Instead, the design team will continue to work under the head of product, Naveen Gwini, and under the leadership of head of design, Lindsey Mindler.
No word yet on what Sharp’s role will be in Lovefrome, but Many Ex-Apple Employees Ive joined the collective including Van See, Eugene Wang, Chris Wilson and Patch Kessler. (However, Jeff Tiller left this summer.)
In a memo sent to employees, Silberman said the following:
I write to share some breaking news: Evan will be taking a break from his day-to-day work on Pinterest. He’ll be embarking on an exciting new adventure outside the company (which I’ll tell you about!) Here at Pinterest, he’ll take on an advisory role and continue to serve as a board member. So the good news is that he’s not going far.
Nevertheless, this is the end of a chapter. In processing this, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the beginning. Evan and I met in 2009 in New York City. We closed it immediately. We talked about our (nerd’s) interests, our families, and our hopes for the future. He was clearly a builder at heart, which was fitting since he was in architecture school. I remember thinking: Wow, I want to work with this guy.
Eventually, we started talking about building a tool to help you collect the things you love on the Internet. That idea turned into a product, which we later named Pinterest. And thus began an amazing, decade-long journey together and with you all.
Evan has been so essential to the growth of Pinterest. Sometimes the tasks were trivial—one time he hurt his wrist putting together an IKEA desk in our first office. Often, his contribution was transformative. Countless times, they have taken a whiteboard of ideas, and translated them into a meaningful experience across the product and the company.
But what I’ve always loved isn’t just what she created, but how she’s made it – with empathy, care, and concern for others. He is never afraid to speak up for those values in a meeting. No matter how big Pinterest is, that has never changed.
For me personally, it’s hard to understand what Evan’s partnership means to me. When I consider our years building together, I don’t think of a business plan or an OKR. Instead, I think about all those long days, late nights, and many phone calls—nurturing a shared dream together; celebrating incredible highs and encouraging each other through difficult lows; Going to each other’s weddings and meeting each other’s children for the first time. He has been not only a great co-founder but also a great friend.
While Evan will no longer be a daily presence on Pinterest, more than anything, I’m grateful—for who he is, for the work he does, and for the advice he will continue to provide in his new role.
We’re hosting Q&A tomorrow and I look forward to seeing you all there so that we can say with one collective voice: Thank you, Evan!