I always just want to move along to the next step.
I look around my neighborhood, and I see people hailing a cab or ordering their food and then paying for it all with their phone. I’ve read about that stuff for a really long time, and now it’s starting to become commonplace.
We want the average person to use it and think that it makes the experience of using Pinterest better.
Don’t take too much advice.
We’re trying to do something so that when the average person uses Pinterest, it has to make the service better.
There’s a lot of pressure to look like the last company that was successful.
I’d never managed anyone before, so I don’t have a lot of experience. But I’m lucky – I have a lot of team members who have a really honest relationship with me.
I thought Google was the coolest place. People there were so smart and they were all doing these really interesting things. I just felt really lucky to be a part of it even in a small way.
The companies that I really admire the most are the ones that have a deep visceral understanding of why people use their service, and they figure out ways of making money that are completely consistent with how people are feeling and what they are doing at the time.
I used to wake up and look at our analytics and think, ‘What if yesterday was the last day anyone used Pinterest?’ Like, everyone collectively decided, ‘We’re done!’ Over time I got more confidence.
What you collect says so much about who you are.
If Google teaches you anything, it’s that small ideas can be big.
I was obsessed with this idea that these things that you collect, they just say so much about who you are. I can’t say it came from hard-nosed business analysis… It was just something I really want to see built.
When Pinterest works well, it helps you find things that are meaningful to you. We want to build a system that helps you do that.
Most people generalize whatever they did, and say that was the strategy that made it work.