Facebook: Hiring the Right People and Promoting Free Thinking

A talk about Hiring the Right People and Promoting Free Thinking by Mark Zuckerberg at Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner.

Lectures:

Lecture 1 (02:10)

Product Development at Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of TheFacebook, gives an example to demonstrate product development and experience at Facebook and talks about how their product has evolved with the company.

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Lecture 2 (03:39)

Team Dynamics

Zuckerberg discusses the evolution of Facebook's founding team from a bunch of college friends to a large team of several engineers, its changing dynamics and his role as a leader in the company.

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Lecture 3 (01:55)

Hiring the Right People

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg reveals the individual skills and the balance of experience he looks for when recruiting college graduates, while still building and moving his company forward.

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Lecture 4 (01:58)

Generating Revenue

An early interview with Mark Zuckerberg at the dawn of Facebook's popularity unveils the opportunities that surface from a mammoth amount of page views and sticky user loyalty. A hot web property can reel in millions in ad revenue alone.

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Lecture 5 (02:07)

Entrepreneurial Skills Learned

Zuckerberg talks about the entrepreneurial skills he acquired in college that led him to building Facebook.

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Lecture 6 (02:08)

Listening Skills in an Entrepreneur

Amongst his different entrepreneurial talents, Jim Breyer, Managing Partner of Accel Partners, talks about the importance of Zuckerberg's listening skills that have helped him effectively lead Facebook to success.

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Lecture 7 (01:11)

Investing in New Ideas

Breyer discusses why Accel Partners decided to invest in Facebook and what they look for in new ideas before they convert them into ventures.

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Lecture 8 (02:31)

Free Time Fosters Free Thinking

People can't be forced to be friends, notes Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but innovative entrepreneurs can facilitate a friendly work environment. He attributes part of his enterprise's success to casual, unstructured communication woven into the work day. His hope? To create the space for co-workers to freely associate ideas and stretch their imagination.

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Lecture 9 (02:39)

Challenges Going Forward

Zuckerberg and Breyer discuss the ongoing challenges they face and the tradeoffs they have to make as Facebook continues to grow and evolve.

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Citation

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook: Hiring the Right People and Promoting Free Thinking, Fall 2005. (Stanford University: Stanford eCorner), http://ecorner.stanford.edu. License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0

Instructors

Mark Zuckerberg

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