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Morning: I’m a morning guy. I like waking up early and drinking ice coffee in one of my favorite cafes. I don’t always sit down for breakfast, but I enjoy it when I do. I treasure the quiet time before the day starts, reading a newspaper and marveling at all the things that happened while I was asleep. Despite what people say, the world is actually a REALLY big place.
My mouse movements over just 1 hour. By the end of the day, most of that screen would be black. I used iograph to make the image.
Loving Your Work: I love the internet. That sounds silly to most people, even here in Silicon Valley. But if people can love TV or movies or books, I think it’s ok to love the internet too. I could write pages and pages on why, but suffice to say that this is why I first moved to California and worked for Google, and why I couldn’t be happier as the co-founder of a startup.
I’m lucky to be building Pinterest with 2 friends — Yash and Paul. If you ever write in with a question about Pinterest one of us is reading your email. We’re all floored by the incredible people who are use Pinterest to share their taste, and it’s great to see the site grow and improve everyday. Doing a startup is a hard work, but my “job” couldn’t be more fun.
Picnic Lunch: Nothing better than a lunch on the beach.
True to my roots, my favorites meals involve corn on the cob and pork.
But while I have your attention, I want to clear up a couple misconceptions about the midwest, or the “flyover states” as my college friends used to joke. Iowa IS full of farms. There IS a state fair (it’s amazing). But, there are also nice restaurants and museums and bars. The people I grew up with are worldly and well-read and kind. I had electricity AND running water. I went to the mall, even during the harvest!
downtown Des Moines, IA. My hometown!
Spending Time with Family and Friends: My only regret living in California is that I’m not closer to family. Thank goodness for the internet, so I can bore my friends with adorable pictures of my nephew and videochat with my Grandpa.
Above: Me and my nephew, Elliot.
My Mom, Grandpa, Grandma and Aunt. All spectacular people.
Movie & Dinner: A confession. I’ve been watching fewer “films” and more movies. Maybe it means I’m getting older. My favorite nights are spent with Divya. We watch movies while making dinner (usually Indian food). I’m looking forward to many years of this routine.
A Polish poster for one of my all time favorite movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark).
California Stars: What night wouldn’t be complete without a little time under the California Stars. I’m spoiled by the weather here and I intend to take full advantage.
That’s home for me. I hope you enjoyed it! If you ever want to get in touch about Pinterest or just to say hello, drop me a line: ben (at) pinterest (dot) com.