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Zuckerberg describes 'The Hacker Way' at Facebook

Associated Press Published: May 17, 2012

To CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has a social mission to make the world more open and connected. He made the company's thinking known in its regulatory filing for an initial public offering of stock. In a letter to potential investors, Zuckerberg also discussed Facebook Inc.'s approach to culture and management:

"As part of building a strong company, we work hard at making Facebook the best place for great people to have a big impact on the world and learn from other great people. We have cultivated a unique culture and management approach that we call the Hacker Way.

"The word 'hacker' has an unfairly negative connotation from being portrayed in the media as people who break into computers. In reality, hacking just means building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done. Like most things, it can be used for good or bad, but the vast majority of hackers I've met tend to be idealistic people who want to have a positive impact on the world.

"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. They just have to go fix it —often in the face of people who say it's impossible or are content with the status quo.

"Hackers try to build the best services over the long term by quickly releasing and learning from smaller iterations rather than trying to get everything right all at once. To support this, we have built a testing framework that at any given time can try out thousands of versions of Facebook. We have the words 'Done is better than perfect' painted on our walls to remind ourselves to always keep shipping.

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