Sheryl Sandberg is known as the commercial brilliance behind Mark Zuckerberg’s genius. She’s largely credited for turning Facebook into a revenue-generating machine.
The move out of Google, where she was in charge of global online sales, occurred after a period of intense meetings between Zuck and Sheryl. It’s narrated in detail in Reid Hoffman’s Master of Scale podcast.
Did Sandberg think of this quote when she was offered the job at Facebook in 2008?
Interesting fact: while Sandberg is generally credited with the rocket ship quote, which she shared at the 2012 Harvard Business School graduation ceremony, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is the one who gave her the advice first.
“So I sat down with Eric Schmidt, who had just become the CEO, and I showed him the spreadsheet and I said, this job meets none of my criteria. He put his hand on my spreadsheet and he looked at me and said, Don’t be an idiot. Get on a rocket ship. When companies are growing quickly and they are having a lot of impact, careers take care of themselves. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.”
Sandberg is not a professional investor so this quote is not technically a VC quote. We thought it’d be useful to share it in this section of our Forum because it’s a good quote to use when you try to convince top talent to join the startups you invested in.
Any stories of getting on, or missing, a rocket ship?
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