The unrivaled rise of Pinterest has been intense. If you’ve followed social media over the past year or more precisely been a user of Pinterest during that time, then you’ve seen first hand just how quickly a website can skyrocket to success. Yet, at the height of Pinterest success (so far) co-founder Paul Sciarra is moving on.
In an April 2, 2012 blog post, Sciarra reflects on the past couple of years and how a simple idea evolved into what Pinterest is today. Sciarra goes on to say,
“After lots of reflection and plenty of discussion with Ben and others, I’ve decided that now is a good time for me to step down formally from day-to-day involvement.”
Sciarra will be moving on to a role at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm.
The big surprise in all of this is not that Sciarra is leaving, but the timing of it all. It’s rare to see a co-founder of a company leave at what is, at this point, it’s most successful point. Typically, this is where the hard work pays off and glory from a product is achieved. Imagine Mark Zuckerberg walking away from Facebook just as it overtook MySpace.
Some image content owners and creators seem to think the departure is due to infringement on digital rights and copyright issues. Though the idea seems a bit far fetched. Digital media is a debate that will likely rage on regardless of Pinterest or anyone else.
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