Pinterest co-founder Paul Sciarra has left the company, leaving co-founder Ben Silbermann to take his place as CEO. Wait, what? With all Silbermann’s public appearances, it would have seemed that he was the CEO already.
The co-founder recently gave an interview for a lengthy feature in Fortune magazine. He also sat down for a Q&A with investor and entrepreneur Chris Dixon at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, TX. Silbermann has been the sole window to the inner workings of a company that hasn’t done much self-promotion outside the Facebook Timeline.
But the company’s SEC filing documents show that Sciarra was, in fact, the CEO of Pinterest, and now Startup Grind has reported and TechCrunch has confirmed that he is not the CEO anymore. Silbermann’s former Yale classmate worked at the venture capital firm Radius Ventures before joining him at Cold Brew Labs, where Pinterest was born in 2008. Evan Sharp, the third co-founder who joined the company in 2011, handles product and design with Justin Edmund.
There is no word on where Sciarra will land next. He hasn’t tweeted since November and his LinkedIn profile hasn’t been updated with a new title or job description. But TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis believes that the former pinner “may be considering an EIR role at a top tier VC firm.”