The French are notorious for their obsession with maddening, micro-meddling rules and regulations.
Anglo-Saxons who live in France, as I do, constantly struggle with the puzzling paradox in a society universally admired for its splendid “joie de vivre” — yet infamous for its oppressive…
I’ll start by saying it has been an absolute joy and privilege to be the President of Tumblr these past four years
To work alongside these special people, with our intense focus on product, positivity, fun and whimsy — from our small team came what is now a community of over 50…
My favorite John story, from the time two years ago when I was wavering on whether to leave Newsweek to take a job a Tumblr:
Me: So I’m kind trying to figure out what I should do here. I mean, everyone I know has heard of Newsweek; nobody knows what Tumblr is.
John: Let’s analyze this. Basically, there are three things that can happen here. You could come and think we’re all dicks, in which case we’ll help you look for another job. Or you could come and we all decide that you’re a dick, and then we’ll help you look for another job. Or, you could come and it will be awesome.
And that sold me. It’s been nothing but outcome ‘c’ since I’ve been here, and that in no small part is due to John. He’ll be missed.
I probably wouldn’t have bought it if I’d known two years ago what I know now about the conditions for workers who make it, but I wake up with my iPad and go to sleep with it. It’s my alarm clock, my nighttime and commuting library, my dictionary, my hand-held radio, my portable television,…
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Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected.
We think it’s important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what this mission means to us, how we make decisions and why we do the things we do. I will try to outline our approach in this letter.
At Facebook, we’re inspired by technologies that have revolutionized how people spread and consume information. We often talk about inventions like the printing press and the television — by simply making communication more efficient, they led to a complete transformation of many important parts of society. They gave more people a voice. They encouraged progress. They changed the way society was organized. They brought us closer together.
Today, our society has reached another tipping point. We live at a moment when the majority of people in the world have access to the internet or mobile phones — the raw tools necessary to start sharing what they’re thinking, feeling and doing with whomever they want. Facebook aspires to build the services that give people the power to share and help them once again transform many of our core institutions and industries.
There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future. The scale of the technology and infrastructure that must be built is unprecedented, and we believe this is the most important problem we can focus on.
A rock climber preparing to settle in for a long beautiful night under the stars in a crook of a cliff, flashes of light from planes and a bundle of sunsets and rises.
Your zen moment for the day.
President Richard Nixon
January 23, 1973