When Facebook Was Young And Trying To Attract Talent, It May Have Pulled This Brilliant Hiring Stunt At Stanford

Original post by Alyson Shontell via Business Insider

At Lerer Ventures’ CEO Summit, SV Angel’s David Lee took the stage. A CEO in the audience asked the investor what innovative hiring tactics his startups use to recruit talent.

Lee referred to a strategy he heard Mark Zuckerberg used in Facebook’s early days.

We should note — Lee said he heard this happened — it may just be a rumor. But it’s a very cool rumor and it’s innovative, so here goes.

When Facebook was young and hunting for talent, says Lee, it combed through Stanford’s syllabi and course catalogs to find relevant students. Facebook was already well-known on campus.

If, for example, Facebook needed engineers, it would search for engineering classes.