I’ve spent about a week trying to track down the rumors that Google had expressed interest in a Pinterest acquisition and here’s what I know thus far (here’s where to email if you know more): So Google never gave an official offer to grid bookmarking service Pinterest, but the desire to do was expressed (somehow?) indirectly, with a price in the “hundreds of millions” according to multiple sources.
I also know that Pinterest co-founders Ben Silberman, Evan Sharps and Paul Sciarra don’t want to sell the company. Former Googler Silberman wants to IPO, according to people familiar with the matter (Silberman himself wouldn’t comment on the rumors).
We’re also hearing whispers of a Google Pinterest clone in the works, which makes sense, as it seems to…