Facebook Entrepreneurship with Jeff Rothschild

Jeff Rothschild was one of the earliest engineers to join Facebook. In the 1990s, Jeff had co-founded Veritas Software and helped it to its IPO in 2004. After Veritas, Jeff worked on several other of his own companies. He was working with Accel Partners on investments when he started to learn about Facebook.

Accel was an investor in Facebook, having made a large investment in 2005. After the investment, Jeff was helping the company with hiring. As Facebook built out its senior engineering leadership, Jeff realized that he would enjoy working with the company in a more active role.

For the next ten years, Jeff Rothschild worked as a VP of infrastructure software at Facebook. He helped scale the company’s infrastructure and architect the technical strategy. By 2005, Jeff’s entrepreneurial background included software companies ranging from storage management to gaming. His diverse skill set was useful for setting product direction as well as solving novel engineering problems.

Jeff joins the show to discuss the early days of Facebook and his philosophy of entrepreneurship.

Sponsorship inquiries: sponsor@softwareengineeringdaily.com

Check out our active projects:

  • We are hiring a head of growth. If you like Software Engineering Daily and consider yourself competent in sales, marketing, and strategy, send me an email: jeff@softwareengineeringdaily.com
  • FindCollabs is a place to build open source software.
  • The SEDaily app for iOS and Android includes all 1000 of our old episodes, as well as related links, greatest hits, and topics. Subscribe for ad-free episodes.

Transcript

Transcript provided by We Edit Podcasts. Software Engineering Daily listeners can go to weeditpodcasts.com/sed to get 20% off the first two months of audio editing and transcription services. Thanks to We Edit Podcasts for partnering with SE Daily. Please click here to view this show’s transcript.


Software Weekly

Software Weekly

Subscribe to Software Weekly, a curated weekly newsletter featuring the best and newest from the software engineering community.