The funny part is how quickly he got on Facebook and started sharing the news. Like the COO hire, this is a strategic hire for Facebook as they try to follow in Google’s stock price footsteps. If enough early stage Google employees go to Facebook they just might be able to recreate that early Google startup feel.
Schrage will report to COO Sheryl Sandberg, another exec who recently left Google. Add Ben Ling (marketing) and Ethan Beard (biz dev) to the list of the departed, and it looks like people are craving that startup culture that used to be Google.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s memo to Facebook employees, written from India, started his email this way: Hey Everyone–
Then he went on to say:
“Elliot will direct our efforts to work with users, media, governments and other entities around the world to ensure that Facebook’s policies are transparent, responsive, effective and are recognized as being those things.” Translate: he will hopefully save us from bad press we’ve gotten over our privacy policies and other controversies.