USA Today interviewed Justin Edmund, an early employee at Pinterest. The 24-year-old engineer first caught Silicon Valley's attention with a candid personal essay about growing up black, where he said he had "not seen a single technology leader," besides Jack Dorsey "acknowledge the crisis in Ferguson. And why would they bother?"
Cannes Lions—the Science and Technical Oscars of the French Riviera—can be an embarrassing trip for American tech executives trying to woo advertisers. Not so with Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann, who managed to reverse "the roles of supplicant and master" because he always knew he wanted to run a profitable business.
Remember The Unicorn Club of startups that secured an esteemed $1 billion valuation? Might as well be The Garbage Club now, full of trifling companies with worth the kind of coin one chucks out the window from the backseat of an Uber. Why, in the past 24 hours alone, Pinterest and Uber reportedly increased their valuations by a collective $8.7 billion.
Pinterest, the aspirational, consumer-oriented social network that was quickly adopted by Midwestern moms and Mormons, is facing the same vile problem as other almost every other platform before it. Utah's Internet Crimes Against Children task force is currently investigating "12 separate cases of users posting child pornography on Pinterest boards," according to the Deseret News.