Social bulletin board Pinterest is on a roll: After raising a massive $200 million round less than a month ago, it just snagged itself two seasoned veterans to beef up its search and discovery department.
Michael Lopp, a former director at Palantir and Apple veteran, is joining as the head of engineering. Bob Baxley, the former director of design for Apple’s online store, is joining as the head of product design and research. Lopp and Baxley actually worked together on certain projects at Apple, including the online store.
“As we build a visual discovery engine, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of two industry leaders to the growing Pinterest team. As Head of Engineering, Michael Lopp will lead the technical team behind Pinterest focused on product development and scaling an infrastructure with 30B+ Pins,” the company said in an official statement.
“Bob Baxley will oversee the product design and research teams charged with creating the interface and experience that helps tens of millions of Pinners save and discover the things they love,” said Pinterest.
Lopp’s hiring finally concludes a six-month search for Pinterest’s next head of engineering following Jon Jenkins’s departure last December. Jenkins spent about a year at Pinterest and left to launch and pursue his own company, a desire he had before even moving to the Bay Area and joining Pinterest. When he joined Pinterest, the company had three non-technical cofounders, signaling Pinterest was finally beginning to seriously invest in engineering.
Pinterest has recently been putting a lot of resources behind its search and discovery efforts. In April, it launched Guided Search, custom categories, and improved promoted pins.
Along with their Apple roots, Lopp and Baxley have worked for several other notable tech companies. Lopp has spent time at Netscape, Symantec, and Borland. Baxley was Yahoo Search’s director of design prior to joining Apple.