Bret Taylor

Co-founder & CEO Quip. Co-creator of Google Maps

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON February 25, 2016


Bret Taylor@btaylor · CEO, Quip
I’m Bret Taylor, co-founder and CEO of Quip, a tool that lets teams create living documents. I’ve been working on technology products for forever. Before Quip, I was the CTO of Facebook, co-founder of FriendFeed, and co-creator of Google Maps. I’m looking forward to meeting you all. Ask me anything!
Nik Sharma@mrsharma · Director of Performance Marketing, hint
Hey Bret! Congrats on all your success thus far & I'm personally a big fan of Quip. My questions is: When you were the CTO at Facebook, one of the worlds most valuable brands, what made you want to leave and begin your own venture? What was the ambition or the fire which made you want to leave and begin your own product? Also, what problems did you encounter when starting Quip that you didn't experience at Facebook, and how did you overcome them? Thank you!
Andrew Thappa@andrewthappa
What do you think about Facebook's new Reaction buttons that have augmented the "Like" button you helped create?
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
What was the biggest "wow" moment you had at Facebook?
QueenLear@queenleariv · ConnectionAgent-Co-Founder @ButtonPoetry
There are a lot of smart collaboration tools on the market. How does Quip differentiate and help people work less dumb?
Andrew Thappa@andrewthappa
What are the Computer Science topics you have found most useful in your career? If you went back to school, what Computer Science courses would you want to take?
Andrew Thappa@andrewthappa
In the past year, we've seen a lot of movement in the mapping space with Nokia HERE being purchased by the German automakers for $3bn. When you helped create Google Maps, were you thinking that it would have such a strategic importance down the road or did you just want to make something cool?
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
What "problem" did you intend to solve when starting Quip? p.s. We love it here!
Dhananjay Yadav@dhananjay_yadav · Growth Hacking and Performance Marketing
Hey Bret, Nice to have you here. According to you, which Social Media Channels are best for Product Promotion (Value for Money) ? Also, how does your everyday look like ? P.S. Really inspired by your amazing work.
Hi Bret, Thanks for your time, I'd like to ask 3 questions 😺 - What is the best advice you can give in 6 words or less? - What is your favorite book? - What was the biggest obstacle of creating Google Maps and how did you solve it? Ok and one last question: How do you keep your team motivated and together? Many thanks :) Everlyn