2 years at Meta

Yesterday represents my 2 years at meta. As Employee #7, I have had an unbelievable experience. Meta has been the best adventure of my life. So many great people, experiences and achievements.

We now have a company soccer team, bigger than the company was when I joined.

 

Tony Hsieh quote relevant to my 2 years at Meta

“To the luckiest of people, a time comes when they join or launch a cause that forever changes their lives and the lives of others. Losing yourself in a cause is delicious and intoxicating. The best word to describe the sensation is “crusade.” ” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness

Well here is my Crusade,
Meta first 10Latest company photo

.First 10 at Meta vs Last Company photo at Meta

 

In the last 2 years at meta we have

Grown from 7 to over 70 people.
Graduated YCombinator
Launched our first product
Built our first product.
Raised over $23Million
Shipped our first product.
Put hundreds of developers through countless workshops building apps on our platform all around the world.
Launched our first in house apps.
Been up against the biggest companies in the world, and beaten them to market.
Experienced many failures, and learnt from our mistakes.
Grown from a startup to a functionally professional company.

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In my 2 years at Meta my roles have varied from

– Designing the developer program.
– Started and ran early stages of the developer program.
– Events planning, management/coordinator & logistics.
– Technical SDK training.
– Technical visual perception training.
– Technical Presenter.
– Videographer.
– Video Editor.
– Sales
– Blogging
– Running the post funding Kickstarter campaign
– Customer Support
– Technical Support
– Email marketing to 10s of thousands of people
– Helped and run multiple successful sales campaigns.
– Evangelist.
– Hardware & Software tester on many different levels
– Prototyping
– Executive Assistant (very shortly)
– Early Prototype Concept Design
– Demo builder
– Demoer
– Investment demo support.
– Web Developer
– Forums Manager
– Community Management
– Technical Promotional Videos
– Run Webinars
– Design the app submission pipeline
– Account management
– Strategic Technical Presenter
– Strategic Technical Support
– Company Happiness / Wellness
– Software Developer
– SDK Build Engineer
– Technical Research
– Market Research
– Helping with Strategic Direction
– Organized Hackathons
– Hackathon Technical Support
– Developer Support
– Hiring
– Cook
– Cleaner
– Social media content creator
– Public Relations Unboxing presenter
– Fitness coach

And I’m sure many more

Always doing at least 5 of these at once.

first week into my 2 years at Meta

Ben Sand, co-founder of Meta & I hacking in my first week of Meta

 

When I joined Meta we would take 6 hours off a day to sleep and half a day on saturday.
Eventually we started taking full sundays off.
A year later, we had enough employees to take weekends off.
Eventually, I took my first holiday.
Now we even have started working regular hours!

 

In the last 2 years at meta I have

Had some seriously crazy adventures!
Meeting and working with some of the some of the most inspirational people I have ever met.
Travelled the world
From Silicon Valley California,
Paris, France,
London, England,
Berlin, Frankfurt, Germany,
Singapore,
Amsterdam, Holland,
Toronto, Canada,
Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Australia
Auckland, New Zealand,
Oh’Why’he’he, Hawaii
Portland, Los Angeles , San Fransisco, San Diego, New York, Philadelphia, Orlando, Miami, Seattle, Wichita, Ann Arbor, USA

Visited world renowned US State & National Parks & Forests
Yosemite,
Joshua Tree,
Crater Lake,
Muir Woods,
Big Sur,
Lone Pine
McCloud Falls & Shasta Forest

Tried my hand at mountaineering some of the tallest mountains in the US
Mt Shastina
Mt Shasta
Mt Lassen
Mt Whitney – Tallest mountain in the lower 48
Mt Diablo (2nd furthest viewing point in the world)
Half Dome,
El Capitan

 

The facebook post that started everything.

Want to drive Sydney to Canberra and back with me? Leaving 10pm, returning 8am. I need you to write emails next to me while I drive. $200 and a home cooked meal from my mum.

 

Ben Sand, one of my idols and motivations for getting into the startup industry was back in Australia and I had a chance to spend a night learning from him!

 

So around 10pm Ben Sand co-founder of Meta and at the time founder and CEO of Brainsworth picked me up, and without me knowing it my “Mission Impossible” began.

 

Before 8am, I had started kickstarter support and being an assistant to Ben, and he had sold me on the idea of being a part of the ambitious startup in Y Combinator, working for him in Silicon Valley and living what sounded like a dream. And a dream it was!

 

That night I wrote him an email. I wasn’t much of a salesman at that point, but I knew what I wanted.

“If you fly me over to America, I will work my first few weeks free”.
To which he replied something along the lines of. “Yes, you have a week to get here.”

A week or so later I had organized a passport, visa and I was off.

https://www.facebook.com/brennan.hatton/posts/10200099165793200

 

Something I was very ready for.


https://www.facebook.com/brennan.hatton/posts/10200115175753439

 

And so the adventure begun. Im going to use this as an opportunity to say, most of this was written late at night on little sleep and there are many spelling mistakes.


https://www.facebook.com/brennan.hatton/posts/10200122301411576

 

 

And my American /Silicon Valley experience had begun

 

 

By the way, that couch I was sleeping on still is the comfiest bed I have ever had in my life.




 

3am was bed time was a regular thing. Even with 8-10am starts.




 

I think I lied about the amount of sleep to make my mum feel better.

 



 

I cant say Ive ever gotten in a fight with a mountain lion, but I’ve seen a few now.

 



That was my first weekend.



 

The early days were hard


My first week, “a ridiculously motivating, educational, hyperactive & fast moving week long Hackathon. ”



 

I was given responsibilities.



 

and my first Meta App!

 

Had amazing first weekends exploring the city

 




 

Ray, the CTO took us on wild adventures.





 

Exlpored Hackerspaces and took on new task!



Recorded videos of prototypes in action for the kickstarters


 

And was offered a full time job!



 

We launched our product!



 

And lunched it well!



 

Prepared of the end of YCombinator




Always working harder than belief






 

Got lots of amazing press.






So home I went to Australia, but it wasn’t long before I was back!



 

 

Did I mention I broke my back at the beginning of the year before joining Meta?

Over time, the company grew and grew. People came and a few left. I met some of the best people Ive ever met in my life.

 

Company photo, February 14, 2014
Company photo, February 14, 2014

 

Had  some really special and memorable moments

 

There was a point in time today, while sitting with the meta prototype at techcrunch disrupt eating my bacon covered white chocolate bacon while wearing my favourite Buzzy Republic shirt after seeing Mark Zuckerberg that Rory approached me and handed me an entire Blackberry pie. It was a special moment.
“There was a point in time today, while sitting with the meta prototype at techcrunch disrupt eating my bacon covered white chocolate bacon while wearing my favourite Buzzy Republic shirt after seeing Mark Zuckerberg that Rory approached me and handed me an entire Blackberry pie. It was a special moment.”

 

Always have fun!




Been to some of the biggest hackathons in the world with thousands of hackers.

Here are a heap of awesome videos I made of my 2 years at Meta.

 

Meta has been the best adventure of my life. So many great people, experiences and achievements. Its thanks to the wonderful people involved for making it what it is & was. If you want to full story of the last 2 years at Meta. You will just have to look it up fb.com/brennanhatton and youtube.com/brennanhatton93