The CEO of multibillion-dollar Pinterest recruited his first employees from Friday-night neighborhood barbecues

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In the early days of Pinterest, cofounder and CEO Ben Silbermann would recruit employees at weekly barbecues.
One of his biggest challenges was finding the right people to work for Pinterest.
When recruiting, Silbermann was extremely transparent about the challenges of working at a startup and looked for people who were eager to take on those challenges.  

In the early days of Pinterest, an image-browsing site with 250 million active users, employees worked out of a two-bedroom apartment and attended Friday night neighborhood barbecues hosted by cofounder and CEO Ben Silbermann. 

“We ended up actually recruiting a lot of people from those barbecues,” Silbermann said on an episode of Business Insider’s podcast “This Is Success.” See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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