I had the opportunity to visit the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto yesterday and it was incredible. I don’t know what it is, but there is something in the air in Silicon Valley that makes it seem like something big is happening, and you can be a part of it.
Working with other tech startups as clients has brought us right in to “hacker” culture, a movement that is rebellious and anti-authority, yet genius and geeky at the same time. Something never more evident than at Facebook where “hack” was written everywhere like a commandment. In the lobby was a Facebook logo made out of Legos and a live data vis of friend connections made around the world (a project from a past hack-a-thon). There was a DYI loft built into a meeting room, a tent in the common space, and not
a cubicle in sight. People were dressed more like they were going to class than going to work. Maybe these things are not too surprising considering the founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and how the company started, but you tend to forgot looking at the ubiquitous blue and white UI.
Being in the offices, I could see that youthful rebellion and creativity are engrained in the environment and company culture. And it became pretty clear that Facebook is a company built on breaking rules. As they move into their new offices and expand exponentially, let’s hope that growing bigger doesn’t mean growing up.