Noah Kagan, who was Facebook’s 30th employee, took away some important advice from his early days at Facebook:
The biggest takeaway that’s made me the most successful and the most money is one thing: when you are running your business, have one goal. When I went to Mark Zuckerberg, I would go with specific ideas: “We’ve gotta make money! Where’s our business model?” And Mark said, “No. Does that help us grow?” Mark’s clear focus on growth helped the Facebook team clarify every decision: does that feature help us grow? If not, then don’t do it.
A few weeks after listening to this, I found another story from Jonathan Katzman.
From an external perspective having worked on several projects with Facebook (including the Yahoo! Social Bar). In many of my interactions with Facebook teams over the last two years, I have often heard FB employees say things such as “That’s a growth request.” Usually that ends any discussion currently happening and the request immediately becomes a top priority. I’ve seen this amongst engineers, Product, BD, Legal and Partner Management teams.”
This clear focus pervades the entire culture at Facebook.