Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz

Co-Founder of Asana and Facebook

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON December 08, 2016

Discussion

Hi, I'm Dustin, co-founder and CEO of Asana. I am also involved in additional projects that help humanity thrive (Good Ventures, Vicarious), and am a Facebook co-founder. I expect this whole thing to be AMA-zing, and hopefully create greater understanding around working effectively and mindfully. But you can ask me about Burning Man, too :)
Egor Basov
Egor Basov@egorbasov · Founder @Lustora
Hi, Dustin! Would you recommend to go get Master's degree (if yes, which one?) or try to start a business instead?
@egorbasov if your goal is to become an entrepreneur, my advice is to start at an existing company that is already providing great value to the world to learn how it is done: https://blog.asana.com/2015/11/y... Whether or not you need an advanced degree really depends on the way you want to specialize. (I don't even have a bachelor's degree, so certainly a master's is not required in general for being an entrepreneur.)
Philip Kuklis
Philip Kuklis@philipkuklis · Co-Founder, Hubble
Hi Dustin, how do you envision team collaboration + project management 5-10 years from now?
@philipkuklis There is perfect clarity of purpose, plan and responsibility. Everyone knows who is going to do what by when, and feel that they can trust their teammates to follow through on their commitments. All of the work about work (figuring out the status of something, finding information someone else already has, etc) has become seamless and automated wherever possible, such that you can focus all of your energy on the actual work. The software we use will also be much better at helping you make decisions, like figuring out who the best person is to work on a particular task (both in terms of skill fit and availability).
Jourdan Bul-lalayao
Jourdan Bul-lalayao@jourdanb21 · Co-Founder & CTO, Jobox
Hey Dustin! Thanks so much for chatting with us here on Product Hunt! We know that the first employees for each company are crucial to the company's success, and bad hires can really do some damage. What was your strategy on how you built out your core team at Facebook and Asana? How did you know that someone was a great candidate to bring onto the team at such an early stage?
Yegor Mytrofanov
Yegor Mytrofanov@yegorzajno · COO at Zajno
Hi Dustin! This might sound like a cliche question, but me and our team at Zajno are really curious (as we use Asana for our work) - what (in your opinion) makes your product better than Flow or Azendoo, for example? We've been researching team management products, and decided to stick with Asana, but I'm interested in your perspective as an insider and creator, cause to me those tools are pretty similar functionality wise. Thanks!
Andrew Bass
Andrew Bass@andrewdbass · Startup junkie and improving hacker
Dustin, can you tell us about how your technical and business skills grew as you worked on Facebook during the early days? How much did you know at the beginning and what did you learn along the way?
@andrewdbass I knew more or less nothing at the beginning. Though I was generally proficient with computers, I wasn't really a programmer and literally took intro to computer science (CS50) the semester before we started Facebook. Mostly I learned by reading Mark's code, trial and error, and by searching for answers to questions that were coming up for me. Other skills I learned from the more experienced people who joined Facebook in the early days, especially Matt Cohler and Jeff Rothschild, and from direct experience over time. I often tell new managers that they shouldn't assume they can learn the relevant skills the same way they have acquired technical skills (e.g. by reading and training) -- it really takes experience. More on that by the wonderful Julie Zhuo: https://medium.com/the-year-of-t...
Ennio
Ennio@enniodybeli · Product Designer @Typeform
Hi @moskov thanks for your time! How do you think that Trump's presidency its going to affect technology companies and innovation in the states and worldwide? [sorry for going political]
Elavenil
Elavenil@elavenil_e · Entrepreneur, Investor and Coffee Addict
What made you choose to make ASANA??
@elavenil_e Justin and I were working at Facebook and ended up deciding to build an internal tool to help the teams there track their work. The results for the company were beyond our expectations, and we realized that we could help a lot more teams if we started a new organization focused on that problem. There are more details about this part of our journey in this LifeHacker article: http://lifehacker.com/we-are-the... Asana is an exciting opportunity to work on because it means that we are indirectly helping work on almost every other area of the world (both problems and opportunities). We get to build infrastructure that helps all teams achieve their goals: https://blog.asana.com/2013/05/s... Too often, the friction of coordination, of communicating the right amount of information, to the right people, at the right time, in the right place, gets in the way. Asana is the solution.
Joshua Pinter
Joshua Pinter@joshuapinter · Product at CNTRAL. Maker of ntwrk.
@moskov @elavenil_e "we are indirectly helping work on almost every other area of the world" That is a particularly interesting trait of a problem that you're solving. Something that affects a number of other areas. I find I have an internal struggle where I feel like I'm not accomplishing enough. Not affecting the world in a big enough way. But it's important to remember that what you do could indirectly affect the work of others in a number of different areas. For example, maybe a musician says to themselves, "People are inventing electric vehicles and taking things to space, and here I am just making beeps and boops." But maybe their music was the soundtrack that gave inspiration and motivation to a cancer researcher to work through the night and get one step closer to a cure. So, in a way, by putting out quality into the world, whatever that may be, you have an indirect contribution in the world at large. /philosophical_rant
@joshuapinter @elavenil_e I agree that is possible, but for Asana the indirect impact is probable, and that's a big difference for me.
Krishaan Khubchand
Krishaan Khubchand@krishkhubchand · Student
Hey Dustin, There's this old CS50 lecture, where Mark Zuckerburg said that when you co-founded Facebook, and eventually moved onto being its CTO, your only background in programming was one CS course. How did you go about learning more about programming etc? And if you were beginning to learn to programme again, how would you go about doing it? ++PS Major Major kudos/respect on Good Ventures; you guys are doing important work!
Ruben Harris
Ruben Harris@rubenharris
@krishaan_khubchand Great question. I wanted to ask the same thing.
@krishaan_khubchand more about this on https://www.producthunt.com/live... If I was doing it again today, I'd probably try to go through a real comp sci program, or go through one of the bootcamps if I had already graduated from college. It's certainly possible to teach yourself to program, but we're actually getting really great at teaching other people too. Thanks for the kind words re: Good Ventures!
Matt Dickinson
Matt Dickinson@mattdickinson · Cofounder TheMindfulnessSummit.com
Asana Roadmap qn - when the hell are we getting a native Mac App !! ? Ideally one that behaves nicely when offline / syncs so we can dig/search through all the amazing treasure trove of info in our Asana and create tasks, plan etc when we're on flights and in low coverage areas of our earth!?
Jas Chimni
Jas Chimni@jas_chimni · Product Analyst
Hey Dustin There are a lot of project management tools out in the market, what got you inspired to make asana? also how is asana different than other tools in the market?
@jas_chimni There’s a lot going on in the broader collaboration right now -- many apps are improving the way teams can collaborate. One big areas is file storage and sharing. Another is messaging and team chat. But there are still some big gaps -- software that can help teams understand who’s doing what by when. We call this work tracking, and are focused on building the best work tracking app for teams. Within this area there are a lot of solutions. Our aim is to make work tracking software that’s both easy enough for any team to get started and powerful enough to grow with them as their workflows get more complex. This is a great overview of this at https://asa.na/1lo Re: inspiration, there's more about that on https://www.producthunt.com/live...
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
Having already achieved tremendous financial and entrepreneurial success, what drives you? What do you look forward to when you wake up in the morning?
@tomstocklein We have a tremendous opportunity right now, as my co-founder Justin explains eloquently at https://techcrunch.com/2012/01/2... . I'm driven by being able to leverage my time to make the world better. I want to help humanity thrive.
Irakli Vekua
Irakli Vekua@ivekua · Co-founder and Growth, Kings
Hi Dustin, What is the most counterintuitive thing, you learned last time about managing people/team?
@ivekua you shouldn't try to solve their problems if you want them to learn and grow. It's much better to ask great questions that help them figure it out on their own and sometimes you just need to say "yea, that sounds really hard, but I believe you'll find the right answer if you keep looking!"
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
What three things should every new founder concentrate above all else?
Andrew Ettinger
Andrew Ettinger@ettinger · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
Thanks for joining today! What's your favorite story from the Facebook days that most people here probably don't know?
Vinay Khosla
Vinay Khosla@vinay123 · Co-founder Zenyx.com. Builder. Investor.
Hi. In today's distributed, freelance and matrixed workplaces, are traditional project management techniques still relevant? Thanks.
@vinay123 Asana gives your team clarity by answering the questions "what are the next steps between now and accomplishing our next goal?", "who is responsible for what?", and "when are they expected to be done?" No matter how your workplace is organized, knowing those answers is critical to your ability to make progress.
Sven van der Zee
Sven van der Zee@svenvdz · Founder PlayStudio apps
Hi Dustin, what advice do you have for teenagers to start their own business?
@svenvd_zee don't. There are too many entrepreneurs already (see also https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/good-...) My advice is to start your career at an existing company that's already creating a lot of value in the world: https://blog.asana.com/2015/11/y...
Samuel Polat
Samuel Polat@samuelpolat · Student Creator
What are the advantages of Asana over Trello?
@samuelpolat There are a lot of great apps focused on work tracking. Asana is committed to being both easy and powerful, so we take a holistic approach by providing an app with different visualizations of your team work to accommodate different types of thinkers and preferences. For example, we recently launched Boards in Asana -- our answer to kanban boards (which are the basic concept underlying Trello’s product). If you’re interested in more detail, I’d check out https://asa.na/1mg We agree with Trello that kanban boards should be a feature of great work tracking software (and not a standalone product), but we also believe there are a lot of other powerful views necessary to facilitate effective collaboration, like grids, calendars, and progress dashboards. From a data model perspective, I'd add that Asana is more object-oriented. Our tasks can live in multiple boards and lists, and can be organized in arbitrarily sophisticated ways via our sorting/filtering options and advanced search functionality. In contrast, Trello is more document oriented - a card lives in one board and everyone has the same view of that board.
Jason Safaiyeh
Jason Safaiyeh@safaiyeh · TODO Menubar, MyProgress, Vestige
From my understanding Asana started as an internal tool in Facebook, how was the transition to leave Facebook and build Asana as its own company? Were there important players that did not want to leave? Was there any resistance to stop you from leaving or keep Asana as a FB product?
@safaiyeh a little more about this on https://www.producthunt.com/live... Justin and I were collaborating on the internal tool pretty closely and made the decision to leave together. While we weren't the only ones who contributed to it, there wasn't anyone else that we asked to come along on that journey. Generally, we were really averse to doing anything that might unduly disrupt Facebook, including avoiding recruiting anyone else for a long time after we left. At the time, it was pretty clear that Facebook was not going to build an enterprise product, and I myself thought it would be a distraction from the core mission. (this was many years for FB For Work) So we were all pretty aligned on the idea that we should leave to start a new company if the thing we wanted to do was build a work tracking tool.
Jason Safaiyeh
Jason Safaiyeh@safaiyeh · TODO Menubar, MyProgress, Vestige
@moskov Interesting, using Facebook to test the idea. Gets me thinking about testing products within smaller and niche communities before starting a push it to a more broad audience.
Orlando Del Aguila
Orlando Del Aguila@eatcodetravel · Engineer | 🐵 simian-ci.com
Hey Dustin, In a so crowded space like project management tools, why did you choose start Asana. And how did you ignore all the people that probably told that it wasn't a good idea.
Peddlar
Peddlar@peddlarinc · Offical Peddlar Account
Ok Dustin my question is.. If you could time travel back to day one of your startup and have 15min with your former self to communicate any lessons you've acquired with the intention of saving yourself mistakes and heart ache, what would you tell yourself?
keyul
keyul@keyul · Maker of Quick Code & Bot Stash
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in Asana & Facebook? How did you overcome it?
Hayk Yaghubyan
Hayk Yaghubyan@haykoyaghubyan · Serial entrepreneur and digital marketer
Hi Dustin! What do you think in which stage startup founders can move to Silicon Valley and get investment ? when their startup is in demo stage or an established business which generates revenue ? Also, what will you recommend how and where to start that process to move Silicon Valley?
Julien Andrieu
Julien Andrieu@andrieuju · CEO, textografo.com
Hey Dustin. Nice to meet you! Could you give some GO TO MARKET advises for a SaaS B2B Startup? What has worked for you?
@andrieuju Tom Tunguz has a great write-up of our strategy here: http://tomtunguz.com/saas-innova... In short, we try to build a product that customers love, make teams successful in adopting it at the beginning of their lifecycle, and encourage them to grow their usage over time.
Julien Andrieu
Julien Andrieu@andrieuju · CEO, textografo.com
@moskov Just read the article. This Flywheel SaaS Model looks promising. I have the feeling that https://textografo.com can fit in this. Well working on it at least! :-)
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
What were the biggest lessons/takeaways from your time at Facebook that helped you launch and grow Asana in terms of - Product Design & Product Management - Attracting & retaining users for your product - leading your team at Asana ?
Nadav Raviv
Nadav Raviv@livenadav · Former founder & CEO @ Link Big ltd.
In August 2012, (your) Good Ventures led a $15M Series A round of investment in http://www.vicarious.com , an artificial intelligence company which uses the computational principles of the brain to build software that can think and learn like a human. Can you share the progress they made and status? Sound "moon shot" :-) n
Hi Dustin! What new trends in tech are you most excited about and think will have the biggest impact in the future?
Babacar lô
Babacar lô@loxadim · 1317131761712
hi Dusting. Asana vs. Slack vs Basecamp vs. Trello vs. Teamwork vs. Wrike & More! Why would we use asana rather than these competitors what is innovation compared to others?
Maruthi Karpey
Maruthi Karpey@maruthi_karpey
@loxadim Great Question!
Babacar lô
Babacar lô@loxadim · 1317131761712
Simon Chapman
Simon Chapman@simoncchapman · Founder. Need.ie
Hi Dustin, I'm really interested in knowing how much of a different person are you now to before you became a successful entrepreneur?
Zac A.Ahmed
Zac A.Ahmed@zackya89 · Software Developer at Omnicom
Hi Dustin, what is your take on this fake news controversy, and do you think Mark have taken the right steps to address this issue ?.
Zach Ware
Zach Ware@zachware1
Hi Dustin - you've spoken openly about realizing your health was out of balance earlier in your Facebook life. What are the 1-2 shifts you credit as the most meaningful changes you made to rebalance yourself? (e.g. the lead dominos, keystone habits that in retrospect were the changes that triggered the most positive impact)
@zachware mindfulness in general is a pretty powerful tool to help bring your desires and actions into alignment. So really just becoming aware of habits that weren't serving me and the consequences that derived, like drinking too much soda and taking too little time to recharge. Meditation is the most obvious way to build a mindfulness habit, though certainly not the only one (e.g. you could keep a daily journal). Also, buy this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006V...
Charles Kunene
Charles Kunene@charles_kunene · Co-founder & Product Designer @Obaa
Dustin, thanks for chatting with us! 1. What did you take from Burning Man that influenced your life and work? 2. Which thinker/film/book has influenced your thinking the most and why? 3. Does Asana want to co-exist with other team collaboration apps (Slack, Trello, etc) or does your company want to have the biggest market share? 4. Which technology/app/trend scares you the most right now?
Mark Savchuk
Mark Savchuk@savchukmark
Hello Dustin, thanks for doing this. I have 2 small questions: 1) Do you think VR will take over "office computers" and how will Asana "integrate" itself into virtual work environment? 2) Do you plan on using AI to help people manage their tasks? Thank you.
Lachlan Campbell
Lachlan Campbell@lachlanjc · Hack Club design/JS—HS 🎓—they/them—🌈
Classic question—advice for yourself at age 18? 😀
Joey Johnson
Joey Johnson@joeyj_218 · Ordinary Kid That Likes Cool Stuff
Do you use iPhone or android?
@joeyj_218 I've been using an iphone for a few years now, but have used android in the past and am open to going back. Generally the Apple hardware has felt really superior, though I haven't seen a Google Pixel up close yet. I find both OSes pretty appealing (for different reasons).
Alex Zalenskiy
Alex Zalenskiy@alexey_zalenskiy
Hi Dustin, Can you recommend some guide (except for the course How to Start a Startup) , how to find a good idea and create a product out of this idea? Or something to read or watch where are explained the phenomenon of most popular products for example? I mean the study of product popularity. Thanks!
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
Hypothetical question: If Asana were to go out of business tomorrow and you would also lose all of your personal wealth tomorrow, what would do next? What project or company would you launch?
Rio Bodiba
Rio Bodiba@rio_bodiba
How do I keep balance and rest while ambitiously chasing goals?
Rio Bodiba
Rio Bodiba@rio_bodiba
You're very wise. Your approach to entrepreneurship is wise and not very trendy. Are there any books you recommend that are wise? (Books don't necessarily have to be about entrepreneurship)
Anneliese Herbosa
Anneliese Herbosa@herbosa · Hyperconscious consumer
Thanks for being here, Dustin! 1) What's your biggest pet peeve with other project/team management tools/software out there? 2) What's the number 1 lesson you have learned about your own personal workflow/productivity this past year? 3) What's the most surprising user habit/behaviour associated with task management that you've noticed based on user data from Asana?
Adam Weber
Adam Weber@agweber · Developer/Designer
Hi @moskov, do you see a market for entrepreneurial advising an consulting growing in the coming years?
Alex Circei
Alex Circei@alex_circei · CEO & Founder Waydev, Inc.
Hi Dustin, what do you plan to do next? (after Asana)
David Silva Smith
David Silva Smith@smithd98 · owner, Vexti
What should the CEO of an early stage or pre-seed company be doing?
Vlad Khomutov
Vlad Khomutov@startupdude · Serial entrepreneur and product designer
Hey Dustin! Could you share your thoughts on what's more important in employee #1 - skills or values?
MB
MB@mattbrian
Hi, Dustin, i'm from Brazil, how do you see the automation and the future of jobs? will people receive a universal income once robots take their jobs? And, how facebook is going on in that future?
Vishal Porwal
Vishal Porwal@porwal · CTO and VP of Customer Success
@moskov what do you think is the next big thing in the project management world?
Greig Cranfield
Greig Cranfield@greigcranfield · UX Researcher & Product Strategist
Hey Dustin. Thanks for doing this. I'd love to know how you see mixed reality in the workplace changing the way we collaborate and if you're already thinking about how asana might fit in to that? Cheers
Avery
Avery@averyalchek · Business Operations, Mashable
What were the most valuable things you learned from FB that you applied to building Asana (as a company and as a product)?
Tav RG
Tav RG@moofaces · CEO, heychat
How did the Facebook get so many users through one email? What was the strategy? Adopting the first school and onto the next? Getting the first school is pretty hard
Kristaps Brencans
Kristaps Brencans@brencansk · Digital Project Manager
Dustin - Thanks for sharing your time w/ PH community. What are your thoughts on SaaS system API connectivity evolvement? How far are we from being able to fully connect any two / three / four and more apps without any roadblocks. Zapier seems to do a great job to initiate the steps however the two-way data exchange is still a challenge... Examples: gmali + asana / zendesk + asana / hubspot crm + asana... The basic triggers are in place but to complete more complex updates that doesn't seem to be a full-scale option yet. Thanks for your thoughts!
Kristaps Brencans
Kristaps Brencans@brencansk · Digital Project Manager
Dustin - While we have you here: for Asana product roadmap, is your team planning some level of crm functionality development? We keep running into an issue that tasks are somewhat scattered across the board and when completed can't be reviewed under certain client profiles. In my opinion this would be a tremendous new feature update. Thanks again and I can't express how our team appreciates Asana. Thank you for building the app.
Frederic Lumiere
Frederic Lumiere@fredlumiere · Co-Founder/CEO APIANT
How essential do you feel integration with other apps is to SaaS companies like Asana in the coming years? APIANT.com
Joshua Pinter
Joshua Pinter@joshuapinter · Product at CNTRAL. Maker of ntwrk.
Hey Dustin, you say speed is your #1 priority at Asana. And as a user for many years, I agree! What are you doing to speed things up and what kind of timeline do you expect for improvements?
@joshuapinter Performance of the app is our top product priority and the team is making a lot of progress; customers should expect to see improvements soon (some major pieces are already out in a/b tests) and throughout 2017.
Marius Chawa
Marius Chawa@marius_chawa · Analyst, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
How do you feel about validating an idea by running a Facebook Ad for your beta launch landing page without building the app yet?
Egor Gorev
Egor Gorev@egorevv · Lead UX/UI Designer @ AboutYou GmbH
Hey Dustin! What is the best way/channel for a design agency to find clients, who have a startup idea and need the product to be built (product design / front / back-end) ?
Siddhartha Sahai
Siddhartha Sahai@sidthekid · Software Developer
Hi Dustin! If you were a fresh college senior/graduate today, what area of computer science / web products / future technology would you throw yourself into?
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@ynyounuo
Hi Dustin, what are the three most frequently used app on your phone?
Mathias Boutin
Mathias Boutin@mathias_boutin · Ecrito
Hey Dustin! Big question here : do you think Silicon Valley is doing enough to make humanity better or is it too focused on ventures of a commercial nature?
Shashank V Singh
Shashank V Singh@shash2_0 · Working Hard! Making History!
Hi Dustin..What do you think about next wave of Software applications will look like after SaaS?
Alaena VanderMost
Alaena VanderMost@alaena · Product at School of Motion
Hi, Dustin! You've helped create a really great project management tool - so that kind of makes you an authority on great project managers. In your opinion, what traits set a great project manager apart from mediocre ones? What are some habits of the best project managers?
Michael Dodd
Michael Dodd@doddecahedron
Hi Dustin - what are your thoughts about Bot activity and how it's affecting the web as a whole? (Fake news stories, account hijacking, fraudulent ad clicks, etc.) Do you think that computers will make up the majority of web traffic in the future? Interested to hear your thoughts on this.
Keaton Dunsford
Keaton Dunsford@keatondunsford
Given recent events, do you think the Internet is becoming overly centralized? If so, is that dangerous, or unsustainable?
David Ostrov
David Ostrov@david_ostrov · Founder, NoteBLOX
I see Asana as a the next generation tool following Basecamp. What's an interesting question to me is integrating structured workflow alongside unstructured workflow into a single tool. How do you see Asana solving this problem?
Johnny Rodriguez
Johnny Rodriguez@tryjohnny · Interaction & UX Designer
Hey Dustin, what's next for you?
Cynthia Jaggi
Cynthia Jaggi@cynthiajaggi · GatherWell and Living Economy Advisors
Hi Dustin! I love that you are working on the "projects that help humanity thrive" - wondering about your thoughts on the best ways for tech companies to deeply integrate social and environmental impact into their company DNA? And what you see as the best models of the same?
Martina Grgic
Martina Grgic@martigrgic · Co-founder @ SmartLumies
Hi Dustin, hope you're good! If you would start a new company today, what would it be? (Asana and Facebook are not included)
Aashish Loknath Panigrahi
Aashish Loknath Panigrahi@aalpanigrahi · Hobbyist mathematician + Coder + Cyclist
Hello Dustin , I am interested to know that when will Asana launch it's full fledged software (rather than a web based version) for desktop and I wanted to know why is there no offline task saving option for Asana's android and iOS app ??
Lior Romanowsky
Lior Romanowsky@liorowsky · Founder at Spartans
Hey Dustin! question and a proposal; Q: As the market of freelancers, selfpeneurs, and very (1-3) small teams is growing rapidly - do you think Asana gives/going to give a good solution to that audience? P: Let's grab a beer next time you are in Tel Aviv :)
Jordan Dayton
Jordan Dayton@jordan_dayton
Hey Dustin! Thank you for taking the time to connect with us here! I work in the industry of Community development and engagement. Where do think is the "future" of community building. What is the best way to leverage a user community to generate leads while also providing expansive value to the members?
Arjun
Arjun@arjunz · Founder, Techulus
Hi Dustin, If you were to start a new project, what would be the technology stack you choose and why?
Andreas Dias
Andreas Dias@andreas_dias
What is a golden nugget you've learned in building products that at its core makes a great product and is that something at the heart of the company's you founded and run/ran?
What is your perspective on the science reproducibility problems and the lack of tools to do better collaborative research?
keiken
keiken@keikendesign · Experience Consulting
Hello Dustin! I am excited to try out your platform as I am hooked on the visual layout. Is there a feature to provide external clients an abbreviated real time status of the project you are producing for them. Also, would a RV be the best transport for Burning Man ~
Riegie Jeyaranchen
Riegie Jeyaranchen@riegiegodwin · COO, Crown Labs Agency
With all of the projects that you are involved with, how do you manage to find work life balance?
Sasha
Sasha@_sasha · UX Designer
Do you think that the "Internet of Things" is here for good?
Stefan Portay
Stefan Portay@stefan_portay
Hi Dustin, thank you for taking the time for answering questions. Can you share more about your vision and mission with Good Ventures, and how and why you got involved? How do you balance this out with your work on Asana? How do you find your work in philanthropy different or similar to all of your experience in technology and startups? Thank you, and looking forward to seeing more of your work pushing for social change and creating lasting impact!
Parker Woodward
Parker Woodward@parkerwoodward · Working to automate b2b referrals
Hi Dustin, thanks for answering! If you had to start from zero (no money, no idea, no network) what would you do to make a million dollars net profit in 1 year or less? I mean other than a segway rental biz at Burning man
Anna
Anna@incomw · CEO of snapchat
How are your Facebook Shares ? These type of things are very confusing for me. Do you get any revenue from FB ? Have you already sold all your facebook shares or most of them ?
Anna
Anna@incomw · CEO of snapchat
Hey dustin... My dream since I'm 6 years old is to become a millionaire.... Do you believe in me ?
Alain Ekambi
Alain Ekambi@ekambos · Founder @ahomeit
Hi Dustin. Assuming I m working on this terrific project. What s the best to pitch that you ?
Agis Tsaraboulidis
Agis Tsaraboulidis@agisilaostsaras · Co-Founder & CTO, Iris Health
Hey, Dustin. Thanks a lot for taking this time to do this chat with us. I would love to ask what you thought when you started building facebook. what're the thoughts you had and why you took up with that challenge?
Paul Lee
Paul Lee@paul_lee2
hey Dustin -- what are your thoughts on Otto? Their integration with Uber and the future of self-driving trucking?
John Wu
John Wu@john_wu1
Hi Dustin! What do you think of people in tech often change their jobs way more frequently than other industry?
Rahul Maheshwari
Rahul Maheshwari@rahul_maheshwari
Hey Dustin, what is the best response to Barrier to Entry (in general) and specifically for Asana?
Hi do you i should still learn to code, or there is to much coders out there??
Santiago Toro
Santiago Toro@santiagotoroj · Marketing Director of AMI
Hi Dustin, is a real honor to talk with you. I have a little question, how can I built a huge company like Facebook or Asana? what I need to do as a CEO? thanks :)
George Papadakis
George Papadakis@phaistonian · COO, Phaistos Networks
Hey Dustin. Any reason why you don't minifiy the bundle served by Asana? Minifying it and caching the common parts (splitting, perhaps) could seriously improve the load times which - seriously - is the main hassle people I know (and work with) have with Asana. That said, I love your product --- and I want to love it even more :)
mwseq™
mwseq™@mwseq · PAYINGARTISTS.1ST!™ mwseq.strikingly.com
Hi Dustin. Thanks for hanging out today.
Ryan Browne
Ryan Browne@topshelfinc · Founder + CEO, TopShelf, Inc.
Hi Dustin @moskov , it is truly great to see you and your wife advocating for cannabis legalization. How do you see the cannabis/marijuana market shifting in the next 5-10 years?
Chintham Chetty Avinash
Chintham Chetty Avinash@ash_royalc · Student
Hi Dustin Moskovitz, Does a entrepreneur need to know about coding ?? What makes a startup to grow exponentially ?? Is linear growth is good or exponential. Most of the startup's fails after few years. what made you to stand up when a failure comes ??
vipinsahu
vipinsahu@vipinsahu · uvdesk
Hi Dustin , we have build a SAAS based helpdesk system https://www.uvdesk.com/ . Biggest question is how to promote & get customers for SAAS based apps ?
Hong
Hong@quan · Mechanic, Karmic Bikes
Rumor has it you wrote a $1MM check for Faraday. Do you ride to work on one?
Matt Nish
Matt Nish@mattnish · Co-Founder @ Bonsai
Hey Dustin! Thanks for taking the time to answer Qs. How much of Asana's team is remote? How do you handle compensation for remote employees?
yusuf mohamed
yusuf mohamed@yousuf_moha_m · CEO, Find me talents
have you ever though about building something for the people and not for the money, I mean those who need help?
@yousuf_moha_m we do a lot of great work at goodventures.org
yusuf mohamed
yusuf mohamed@yousuf_moha_m · CEO, Find me talents
@moskov good to know brother, and I wish you the best in the future
Hashim Warren
Hashim Warren@hashim_warren
What's the main growth engine for Asana - paid acquisition, viral growth, or sticky usage?
Aayush Jain
Aayush Jain@jainaayush05 · CEO and Co founder, Greendeck
Hey Dustin, If you were asked to build a financial transaction analytics tool for businesses - how do you think it would look?
Brian Brady
Brian Brady@brian_brady
have you ever considered buying Twitter and shutting it down?
Sergio Flores
Sergio Flores@byoigres · Software Developer
Hello Dustin, thanks for chatting with us today. In your experience, what is the best advice you can give for new entrepreneurs?
Maryangie Torres
Maryangie Torres@maryangie_torres · Co-Founder of VESO www.clubveso.com
Dustin I think that Slack can become an internal tool to help the teams to track their work. Do you have any plans in case something like this happens?
Matt Mayberry
Matt Mayberry@mattmayberry · Hacking Human Behavior at @BoundlessAI
Hi Dustin! How do Asana users respond to the unicorn/celebrations? Is the unicorn helping and how do you know that?
Matt Matteson
Matt Matteson@mattmatt
Dustin! Hope you’re well. How'd you meet the Vicarious team? What do see as their first public milestones? Do you have a recent book or article that’s been stuck in your head?
How can I meet you and talk with you in person?
Babacar lô
Babacar lô@loxadim · 1317131761712
Hi Dustin, Asana vs. Slack vs Basecamp vs. Trello vs. Teamwork vs. Wrike & More! Why would we use asana rather than these competitors what is innovation compared to others?
L. C. Thurston
L. C. Thurston@lcthurston · Explorer, Gamer, Master Builder.
Hey Dustin, we have team members who are reluctant to use programs like asana simply because they are new technology based solutions that intimidate them. Do you have any strategies for on boarding those team members?
Christopher Hannah
Christopher Hannah@chrishannah · Swift Developer / Writer
What is your current opinion of Facebook? Is it still the same product that you helped initially create?
Chad
Chad@chad_b_morrow
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yusuf mohamed
yusuf mohamed@yousuf_moha_m · CEO, Find me talents
Hello again Dustin, I wanna ask your opinion about my new startup idea, I want to create E-commerce business for a very big marker which doesn't know the eCommerce, so I wanna create an app which I can help them odder their products in a easy way which can connect them and the companies if Europe or America.
farmslc
farmslc@farmslc
Great Just, How do you get your team to be as focus as you ?
Jay Chia
Jay Chia@jay_chia · Backend Developer, StartupTree
Hi Dustin, I'm a student at Cornell who's just got into entrepreneurship and Computer Science - I flipped my major from Economics to CS in my first month at college because I firmly believe in the potential of CS as a major force of disruption in the coming decades, across all industries. On the side, I'm actively trying to involve myself with web development with startups in the area and finding work beyond the classroom to dabble in. What advice would you have for someone like me, who's only recently starting to learn how to code, with regards to looking for my first internship (I actually applied for Asana, but didn't make the cut unfortunately), and with regards to what I should be looking to do/learn while in school?
Sawaram Suthar
Sawaram Suthar@sawarams · Marketing Head at Tagove
Hey Dustin, Can you say three words why ASANA is better than other? We might need something like ASANA in coming time
Hey Dustin - with the full court press in full motion, do you have any predictions or impact outlook for how the current M&A frenzy in the media/advertising/marketing will shape the future of these industries and overall media consumption?
Tim Canada
Tim Canada@tim_canada · Start-Up Enthusiast. Data Geek.
Which do you prefer? b2c or b2b?