Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gets a long profile this week by the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta.
It’s a good read but there’s not much new in there.
The points that are worth noting:
- A lot of people at Google really dislike her for poaching execs (she says she doesn’t, that Googlers come to her and not the other way around, but most everyone else thinks that’s bunk) and using her insider knowledge of Google to beat them at recruiting (for example, Google’s recruiting process takes three weeks so she squeezed Facebook’s to two so they could have offers out faster; she denies it);
- She’s a great mentor to a lot of Silicon Valley women, and hosts a bunch of buffet dinners at her place with speakers to build what one interviewee called a “new girls network” to replace the “old boys’ network” in Silicon Valley.
Despite all the media attention she’s been getting, it doesn’t seem that anyone has anything bad to say about her. (The poaching thing is totally par for the course in Silicon Valley. Googlers feel bitter about it because Google used to be the poacher, now it’s the poachee.)
It seems she’s just an amazing executive.