Going Deeper Into the “Hacker Way” Philosophy of Mark Zuckerberg and Most Other Silicon Valley Leaders

Last week’s blog provided an Introduction to Hacker Way Philosophy. This week I go a little deeper into all nine concepts of the philosophy as explained by Mark Zuckerberg in his initial Letter to Investors. The nine are shown in the figure right, which is a stylized enneagon or nonagram, also known as a Star of Goliath. The five primary ideas are shown one the top: Focus on Impact, Be Fast, Be Bold, Be Open and Develop Social Values. The bottom four are secondary, but important. You will find these four posted everywhere at Facebook headquarters: Code Winds Arguments, Hands On, Constant Improvements and Meritocratic. See: Mark Zuckerberg’s original treatise on the Hacker Way, contained in his initial Facebook public offering Letter to Investors.

Here is one of Mark Zuckerberg’s best known lines on the Hacker Way, a philosophy followed by Facebook, and many, if not most, other high-tech companies:

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.

Here is my latest video commenting on the nine fundamental ideas of the Hacker Way as set out by Zuckerberg.




Another new development I would like to share with you today is my new focus on the ethics of artificial intelligence. See the new web page I created today with the address of AI-Ethics.com. It appears to a point of maximum impact for the future of organic life forms.

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