Hackers and Hummingbirds: Leadership Lessons from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Terry Starbucker

In his IPO letter Mark Zuckerberg wrote: “I started off by writing the first version of Facebook myself because it was something I wanted to exist.

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How Google Has Changed Management, 10 Years After its IPO

Harvard Business Review

If you only read one piece, make it this one by David Garvin in 2013 , on how Google sold its engineers on management. Both Gmail and AdSense, the company’s ad software for publishers, started out as 20% time projects.

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What Wall Street Wants to See From Twitter’s Executives (and Why It’s Wrong)

Harvard Business Review

Between now and the IPO, every bit of information about the company’s finances and other metrics will be closely scrutinized. Research shows that firms’ management teams influence the success of their IPOs. A research brief by academics at Arizona State and Florida State summarizes the many studies that have assessed the impact of people on IPO performance and pinpoints several attributes that have an impact.

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In Big Companies, Lean Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle

Harvard Business Review

He was not your standard internet entrepreneur — the student presenting was pitching a project to increase sub-Saharan farm income, by helping farmers shift from traditional crops to rubber trees.

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Why Unicorns Are Struggling

Harvard Business Review

When financial services company Square priced its IPO at $9 a share last November, well under the $15+ price that private investors paid the year before, it was a cold shower of reality for the 6-year-old company.

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Myths of the Gig Economy, Corrected

Harvard Business Review

Back in 2013, a much-touted survey suggested that by 2020 — just over a year from now — a whopping 40% of the workforce would be so-called contingent workers, a number that would include contractors, temps and the self-employed. Nattapol Poonpiriya/Getty Images.

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Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money

Harvard Business Review

2013 had all the signs of being a comeback year for venture capital. Booming public equities and a recovered IPO market generated record portfolio company exits and distributions from VC funds. Yet 2013 annual industry performance data from Cambridge Associates shows that venture capital continues to underperform the S&P 500, NASDAQ and Russell 2000.