With Facebook set to become a publicly traded company, thus inviting powerful new investors into the company’s fold, the social networking giant is being careful to make its vision clear. In its S1 filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, intended to inform potential investors, Facebook stated: “The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete.”
What’s the Big Idea?
Success can be a nasty business, particularly given the complexity of the computing industry where revolutionary projects have been pioneered by a handful of people capable of solid computer programming. That programming creates a product. As success happens, a company will take on more employees and, as a result, more managers. Managers are the opposite of hacking. Managers are process, not product. If a company is to succeed in the long term, it must create an environment for both hackers and managers.