However, as Zuckerberg's long-term colleague and confidant, Sandberg did not participate in any of Zuckerberg's preparation environment. Sandberg's explanation in the interview revealed a glimmer of the working relationship between the two. "Mark and I try to stay focused and divide and rule forever," she said.
Over the years, this has been the way for the Silicon Valley power cafes to keep moving forward. Zuckerberg's focus on Facebook's product side has also driven billions of dollars in acquisitions such as Instagram and WhatsApp. Sandberg, on the other hand, focuses on the business side of Facebook, building and overseeing the huge advertising sales machine on the social network.
Facts have proved that the divide-and-conquer strategy is very successful. In 2008, Zuckerberg invited Sandberg from Google. That year, Facebook achieved $272 million in revenue, but it was still unprofitable. Ten years later, the company's annual revenue was $55 billion and its profit was $22 billion. Zuckerberg and Sandberg worked together to build Facebook into a huge Internet empire, which had a huge impact on the global media and advertising industry. Their losses were countless and their market value hovered around $500 billion at one time.
With Facebook booming, their personal images are becoming more and more loud. In recent years, the media has occasionally boasted of the two executives as potential presidential candidates in the future. Zuckerberg met with world leaders to start a Book club; Sandberg published two best-sellers, one to encourage women in the workplace and one to tell about their experiences after losing their husbands.
"Mark talked to me every day, came to see me and the children every day, and his wife Priscia did her best to help us." In the interview, she recalled.
But these two very important Facebook figures have faced the ultimate challenge since the 2016 presidential election. Because of data privacy, false news and foreign interference in the election campaign and other issues, wave after wave of crises hit companies.
One scandal after another changed Sandberg's image both inside and outside the company. Several reports have said that Sandberg has a greater responsibility for Facebook's many problems, which makes her doubtful about the company's future.
Sandberg was interviewed for a documentary before the New York Times released its survey. She said at the time that as the censorship intensified, she regarded security as "the focus of her own work". "We are aware of the mistakes we made, and we don't want to repeat them," she said.
He said, "Shirley is not the one responsible for product decision-making. To be honest, I'm a little tired of those who blame Silicon Valley's most powerful women.
Stamos believes that because senior leaders have stayed in the company for too long, they have long been reluctant to admit that they made mistakes. "In fact, the relationship between top executives is a bit like the game of power. When a close group of people make all the decisions together, one problem is... It's harder to admit to making mistakes if there are always those people on the team, isn't it?
Zuckerberg once said that Facebook was responsible for its failure. In his November interview, he also cited the long-term and beneficial partnership between the two to defend Sandberg: "Sherry is a very important part of the company, leading you to work hard to solve many of the company's problems. She has also been an important partner of mine for more than a decade. I am proud of the success we have achieved together, and I hope we can continue to work together in the future.