For the latest episode of her Valley Girl web show, Jesse Draper (daughter of venture capitalist Tim Draper) managed to score an interview with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
For the first half of the interview, Sandberg talks about her work-life balance and her desire to see women in high-profile executive roles — it’s engaging and informal, though it largely covers the same ground as the New Yorker’s profile of Sandberg last year.
In the second half, she starts talking more about her vision for Facebook. When asked what she’s most excited about, Sandberg says it’s the impact that Facebook can have on people’s lives. As a personal example, she recounts publicly posting her grandmother’s obituary on Facebook and getting thousands of “likes” and hundreds of comments: “It made me feel connected to people in a time when I really needed that connection.”
Draper also asks about convincing older people (namely, Draper’s mother) to join Facebook. Sandberg makes the case that Facebook supports all kinds of use cases, whether it’s the over-sharer who posts every part of their day publicly, or someone who just shares with five friends.
“It’s really whatever you want it to be,” Sandberg says.
Finally, when Draper heads off to tour the Facebook office, Sandberg urges her to take a get a good look at the posters:
Our culture is really embodied in these posters. The culture is about doing things, shipping product. So we have these great posters, you know: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Done is better than perfect. We’re 1 percent of the way there.”
Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 1 billion monthly active users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, and Eduardo Saverin to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks. The original...
In March 2008 Sheryl Sandberg was named COO of Facebook, where she manages business operations including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, privacy, and communications. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she built and managed the online sales channels for advertising and publishing and operations for consumer products globally. She was also instrumental in launching Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org. Sheryl was previously Chief of Staff for the United...
Valley Girl, Inc. is the web content company behind Jesse Draper’s “The Valley Girl Show”. Hosted by well known web personality the Valley Girl played by Jesse Draper (from Nickelodeon’s “The Naked Brothers Band”). The Valley Girl Show is a web series talk show focused on drawing out the personalities of well known CEOs and business moguls of all walks of life in a simplified and fun way. Draper interviews these guests on her pink set educating and entertaining...