Pinterest hires a new head of computer vision

 As Pinterest increasingly tries to sell itself as a startup specialized in computer vision that it plugs into visual discovery, it’s continuing to pick up additional pieces to help continue to build that out. Today, the company said it is hiring former Google computer vision research lead Chuck Rosenberg. Read More

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CTRL+T podcast: Diversity and its discontents

 No one is down with how diversity is unfolding in Silicon Valley. Depending on how one looks at it, they’re going to have an issue with it. White men are crying foul, saying they’re being left out of these conversations and initiatives. However, actual marginalized people are, rightfully so, saying not enough is being done to diversify the industry and foster inclusion.
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Pinterest adds former CBS Corp. CFO Fred Reynolds to its board

 Pinterest announced today it’s adding former CBS and PepsiCo exec Fred Reynolds to its board of directors. Reynolds’ background includes global financial and strategic planning as well as business analysis, the company notes. He will also serve as Pinterest’s Audit Committee Chair. Prior to joining Pinterest’s board, Reynolds spent 15 years at CBS and… Read More

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Pinterest beat hiring goals for women in engineering, missed for underrepresented minorities

 Pinterest has unveiled its latest diversity report, showing progress in some areas while missing goals in others. Pinterest hit its goals for women in engineering roles but failed to reach its goal for underrepresented minorities (black, Latinx, Native American) in engineering roles. The opposite happened last year. Last year, Pinterest’s hiring rate for women in engineering roles was… Read More

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Pinterest brings on a new head of corporate and business development

 Pinterest today said it is hiring a new head of corporate and business development, bringing on former Facebooker Gary Johnson as it looks to continue to expand. The hiring comes at a time when Pinterest recently saw its president, Tim Kendall, depart to start his own company. As Pinterest looks to ramp up its pitch to advertisers, it needs to bring on people that can deal with potential… Read More

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Pinterest integrates deeper with Facebook with a new bot and messenger extension

 As Pinterest looks to further expand beyond just the audience you’d expect to use it, it’s going to have to start chasing down users and meet them on different territories — and that includes messaging apps. So today Pinterest is launching a pair of updates that is going to help it tap into that audience of people that are sharing content on Facebook Messenger. People… Read More

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Pinterest business lead Tim Kendall is leaving the company

 Pinterest president Tim Kendall, who has since joining in 2012 overseen the growth of the startup’s advertising business and launch of a wide array of ad products, is leaving the company at the end of the year. Kendall oversaw the company’s business operations for the past five years as it sought to grow from a niche advertising product in experimental budgets to something worth… Read More

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Pinterest Lens now gives users a way to figure out their outfits with the clothes in their closet

 Looking for outfits and what to wear is one of the bigger use cases on Pinterest, but as the company looks to try to make the process of getting the right content to users more seamlessly it’s been increasingly focusing on its interface with the real world with the camera. Now the company is going a further step in tapping that big use cases by letting Pinterest users tap the… Read More

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Pinterest rolls out its own version of QR codes

 If you are walking around a retailer, you might have seen a sign or something along those lines posted to check out its Pinterest account for additional content or products – but there was not really a seamless way to get to that account without a lot of tapping around. Taking a cue from some of the prevalence of QR codes around the world, like China, Pinterest said today that it is… Read More

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Pinterest now lets you create sections within your boards to further tidy up ideas

 Pinterest serves as a pretty good place for users that are looking to plan large-scale projects, like outfits for big events, home design, or even life moments like a wedding or a 50th birthday party — and now the company is looking to make that even easier by introducing a more powerful way to keep those batches of ideas, well, tidy. The company today said it is introducing what… Read More

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