Find that thing you are super passionate about.
building a business go hand-in-hand. It is true that the primary thing that makes me excited
about what we're doing is the mission, but I also think, from the very
beginning, we've had this healthy understanding which is that we need to do
My goal was never to just create a company. A lot
of people misinterpret that, as if I donít care about
profit or any
of those things. But what not being Ďjustí a company means to me is building
something that actually makes a really
big change in the world.
I remember really vividly, you know, having pizza
with my friends a day or two after -- I opened up the first version of Facebook
at the time I thought, 'You know, someone needs to build a service like this for
the world. But I just never thought that we'd be the ones to help do it. And I
think a lot of what it comes down to is we just cared more.
The question isn't, 'What do we want to know
about people?', It's, 'What do people want to tell about themselves?"
I think as a company, if you can get those two
things right ‒ having a clear direction on what you are trying to do and
bringing in great people who can execute on the stuff ‒ then you can do pretty
team you want to think about the
dynamics so that way you can maintain this property that the team
decisions as a group than any individual would.
A lot of founding principles of Facebook are that
if people have access to more information and are more connected, it will make
the world better; people will have more understanding, more
empathy. Thatís the
for me. On hard days, I really just step back, and thatís the thing that keeps
I donít want Facebook to be an
I donít want it to be this company that just spreads
American values all across the world. ...My view on this is that you want to
sensitive and understand the way that people actually
So many businesses get worried about looking like
they might make a mistake, they become afraid to take any risk. Companies are
set up so that people judge each other on failure. I am not going to get fired
if we have a bad year. Or a bad five years. I donít have to worry about making
things look good if theyíre not. I can actually set up the company to
We look for people who are passionate about
something. In a way, it almost doesnít matter what youíre passionate about. What
we really look for when weíre interviewing people is what theyíve shown an
initiative to do on their own.
The Hacker Way is an approach to building that
and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that
nothing is ever complete.