Anatole Faykin on How His Oracle Silicon Valley Job Teaches Work Ethic
In Chapter 11 of 12 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Anatole Faykin answers "Where Did You Learn Your Work Ethic?" Starting his career in Silicon Valley teaches Faykin it is not about set working hours or face time and more about getting projects done by deadlines. His entry-level experience working at Oracle influences his later career choices as an entrepreneur to create flexible workplace cultures. Anatole Faykin is an entrepreneur currently working in Chile.
Erik: Where did you learn your work ethic? Anatole: I guess Silicon Valley is what set it in some ways. Over there, it's whether you accomplish whatever it is that needs to get done, it's not--there isn't face time involved, and there's no set working hours and so on. So I'd like to blame the Silicon Valley. Erik: Tell me more about that experience and kind of how that--what you did that kind of shaped where you, you know, what you became. Anatole: My first job after college was at Oracle in Silicon Valley, and even back then, Oracle was already a very, very large company. I want to say it was maybe 20,000 people or so. But even at that point, I had the kind of flexible schedule that allowed me to come in in the evenings or at night, allowed me to perhaps take time off during the day if I wanted to, and I enjoyed it. And in some ways, since then, I've often worked hard to have the type of assignments that allowed me some of that flexibility. And it informed how I run my company, too. It's a fairly relaxed schedule, and if people need to take time off, then it's okay. So that's how things have evolved for me.