Why Facebook Needs Sheryl Sandberg

Ever since Silicon Valley started turning out companies with beautiful growth charts, entrepreneurs and their investors have talked about the need for “adult supervision”–a seasoned executive who can take over a startup from its inexperienced founders, guide it through the hazards of hyperkinetic expansion, and convert a great idea or breakthrough technology into a bona fide business. Today, however, young founders generally want to remain at the helm of their companies, and there’s a new shorthand for the kind of leader who’s willing to serve as a second-in-command, complementing without overshadowing the wunderkind entrepreneur: a Sheryl Sandberg. As in, “we’re growing, but God knows how we’ll make money. What we really need is a Sheryl Sandberg.”

No one needs a Sandberg more than the company that currently has her. In the three years since Sandberg, 41, defected from Google and joined Facebook as its COO, she has helped to steer the company to previously unimaginable heights, devising an advertising platform that’s attracted the world’s largest brands and forging a remarkably trusting partnership with Mark Zuckerberg, its imperious 26-year-old founder. (He turns 27 on May 14.)

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