Sharma’s hiring continues Instacart’s trend of poaching talent from big-name companies as it inches closer and closer to a likely public offering. In the first half of this year, the company said, it plans to increase its corporate bench by more than 50%.
Sharma joined Facebook in 2017 as head of product for social impact, which helps individuals and nonprofits create pages for causes like charitable giving and crisis response. She became vice president of product for Facebook’s Messenger service in 2018 before taking on an expanded role overseeing communications products across the company.
At Porch.com, where Sharma spent four years as chief operating officer, she was part of a team that quickly scaled to a $500 million valuation. The company, which started in a Seattle basement, connects consumers with painters, landscapers and other home-improvement specialists. In 2014, it struck a partnership with Lowe’s, which also invested in Porch.Grocery Dive