Sam Lessin

  • Facebook’s Fischer And Lessin Say User Experience And Advertising Are Sides Of The Same Coin

    Facebook’s Fischer And Lessin Say User Experience And Advertising Are Sides Of The Same Coin

    Do Facebook’s efforts to make money come at the cost of the user experience? Company executives David Fischer (vice president of marketing and business partnerships) and Sam Lessin (who heads the Identity Product Group) said today that they don’t see it that way. Instead, Fischer argued that the Facebook team thinks about user experience and advertising as “either side of… Read More

  • Sam Lessin Pitches The Facebook Timeline

    Because Facebook Timeline is rolling out to the public in the coming weeks, Facebook brought in press last week to do a “deep dive” on this new visual way of organizing our online social lives. Because I (surprisingly) fit that designation I sat down with the person primarily responsible for Timeline, Facebook Product Manager and Drop.io co-founder Sam Lessin, and… Read More

  • Dave Morin Argues Information Is More Valuable When You Pay For It. He's Wrong.

    Dave Morin Argues Information Is More Valuable When You Pay For It. He's Wrong.

    Lately there’s been a backlash against blogs and open information on the Web, in general. It started with newspapers putting up paywalls again, but even former blogging kingpins are now hiding behind email subscriptions. And now Dave Morin, the CEO of stealthy startup Path and Facebook’s former platform chief, is arguing that information is more valuable when it is locked up behind… Read More