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Adam D’Angelo was an early Facebook employee and the company’s first CTO. He’s one of “6 people in the world with good ideas,” according to Mark Zuckerberg.A few years ago, D’Angelo left Facebook and started a new company, Quora. Quora’s mission is to make access to knowledge easy through a reputation-based Q&A site.
Gigaom’s Om Malik recently interviewed D’Angelo. D’Angelo revealed a few lessons learned from his Facebook days.
- Execution is more important than an idea. “Facebook too wasn’t a new idea but I think we took the idea and we focused on execution, focused on quality and getting to scale,” D’Angelo told Malik. “Similarly for Quora, we want to get to be 100 times bigger than we are today.”
- Get comfortable giving up control. “At Facebook [and at Quora] I went from coding to management,” he says. “You have to get comfortable giving up control, and you find people who do things better than you do. Quora now does better with the team we have built.”
- But most of all: “Focus on the long term, and always do what’s right to grow the company and not make short-term decisions. And outlast everyone one.”