Second in my series: why you must read his book:
(Offering it was fine, but I’d rather have the positive post wait in top of my list during the week-end)
- He offers a very nuanced articulation of accidental success vs. trying, stealing ideas vs. implementing them; “The Face Book” wasn’t unique, but it was the one that managed to compare better, playing on the line by surrounding similar services, opening in neighboring universities; the role of the vision —unnecessary until it’s implemented, badly understood by investors, hard to glimpse for previous major innovators— is very refreshing;
- The portrait of the hacker-as-an-apologist. Not only does he rightfully considers the News Feed as the biggest thing Facebook did, but he matches that success with Zuckerberg’s attrition at the time. I’m afraid the “move fast, break stuff” model encourages to break as much as possible, rather than was needs changing — but:
- The grown-ups are here, but they overlook rather than orient; Sheryl Sandberg is probably benefiting the most from the book: most of Zuckerberg’s lieutenants are making their mark through Quora.com but Sandberg’s crowd, ie. Fortune usual suspects, needed an explanation to why she isn’t CEO yet. That book articulates innovation and growth in the way she understood it: like all hagiographies, it’s more about justifying the role of the second-in-command and her power, should the prophet be called to his maker than the prophet itself.