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Becoming Facebook by Mike HOEFFLINGER

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17

Failure Isn’t

Facebook doesn’t always hit it out of the park, and that’s a good thing

An appetite for wildly irrational levels of risk and celebration of failure are two of the most central aspects of Silicon Valley and its lore. This is not a place for the timid. It is, instead, a crucible of creative destruction. New dreams are built—literally—on top of old ones that failed to keep up. Just see Google’s campus at the site of the now defunct graphics workstation maker SGI and Facebook’s constantly expanding campus on the site of acquired-and-forgotten-former “dot in dotcom” SUN.

A lack of fear of failure is what has changed Silicon Valley itself to no longer revolve primarily around its namesake “Silicon” and practically ensures that it will ...

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