So why did I turn them down? Well, it really came down to the potential to innovate. I think we can all agree on some level that large organizations like Facebook can’t innovate to their heart's desire strictly due to their massive user base and sheer size as a company. I believe that in any company the size of Facebook that it's possible for talent to get buried under piles of red tape, and oodles and oodles of autonomous teams. I never want to be sitting across the room from someone I may never talk to — it is paramount for me to know the people I spend a huge chunk of my life with both professionally and personally.
This was an epiphany moment for me.
We [Very] are not a Facebook by design; we have room to innovate, and we have a collective passion to deliver innovation. Sure there are days when I feel like we could do more, but Very is a self-governed entity that fosters leadership and lets you kind of choose your own adventure. We aren't afraid to fail when failure is needed, and our diligence keeps us on our toes to adapt and grow on a daily basis. The one thing I wish we could do is take more risks more frequently, and that wish is coming to fruition one day at a time.
I turned down a crazy career opportunity because I think we can do much more exciting things here, and I’m happy to lead the charge into crazy land.