Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook on team dynamics [Video]
Mark Zuckerberg talks about the dynamics of the early Facebook team
Mark Zuckerberg says that they haven’t really had a second version of Facebook but are just “constantly iterating” on the first, working on “scaling” and “infrastructure”.
The entrepreneur admits that for the first year of the social media sites life they “were just a few guys working around a kitchen table” and had “opportunistically hired” people they thought were really smart. Eventually they upgraded to an office, took all those people “and dropped them into one space”. The way a team and individual employees work can be influenced by the space they work in.
Zuckerberg explains that when growing you need to “figure out how to manage the transition” from working as an individual or a pair to working in a much bigger team. It’s your responsibility to decide “what’s now the most efficient use of people’s time”, and, “what’s the most efficient use of people” – learn to delegate.
He warns that the “dynamic of managing people and being CEO in a company is a lot different from being college roommates with someone” – you have to consider what your expectations are for the business and its employees and “think about it at a higher level, about how the landscape is playing out”.
You need to consider how you’re going to delegate tasks as you expand and require more manpower for the day to day running of the business. Zuckerberg explains: “You need to nominally have engineers who can directly work on the products that you’re working on, but then you need to start having a finance department or something that I never thought that I would ever need you know in terms of running a website”.
He also warns that although you need to “watch what they’re doing”, you shouldn’t try and “control too much what they’re doing” because you “want to leverage the fact that they have a lot of really good ideas and can do a lot of the stuff themselves”. You just need to make sure that everyone’s work is “conforming to standards and that it’s being done well enough”.