Evan Sharp is leaving Pinterest and heading to LoveFrom, Jony Ive's new company.
Sharp founded Pinterest alongside Ben Silbermann and Paul Sciarra. Silbermann is still the company's CEO, while Sciarra left Pinterest a couple years after its founding. He worked with the company as chief design and creative officer, and said he'll remain on the company's board and stick around as an adviser.
He wrote in a memo to Pinterest staff that he's joining LoveFrom to "grow as a designer and product builder." The new company has scooped a few other designers from Apple in recent weeks, including Chris Wilson and Eugene Whang, according to the Financial Times. "This chance for me to learn alongside the very best at their craft is a tremendous opportunity," Sharp wrote in a note to Pinterest staff.
Sharp also leaves Pinterest at a complicated time in the company's history, as it continues to reckon with an internal culture that some employees said included racism and discrimination. Ifeoma Ozoma, one of those former Pinterest employees, has been a force for culture change across tech, including with the Silenced No More Act. More recently, Christine Martinez filed a lawsuit against Silbermann and Sciarra (but not Sharp) saying that she helped create the company and wasn't fairly compensated. And from a business perspective, Pinterest is continuing to embrace creators and new kinds of content, evolving beyond the original pinning concept.
"I'm very excited about our vision and strategy here at Pinterest over the next few years," Sharp said in the note. "It's going to be the most ambitious, challenging and rewarding few years in our history."