I was so piqued by how succinctly Marissa Mayer put this across in the NYT interview.
"Management by yelling" that is how Google operated as startup.
I had read about how tough Marissa Mayer was as a boss at Google and later Yahoo. Civility comes much later and then now given their global reach, fighting the ills of bureaucracy must have been a huge challenge.
How to get promoted? "I always knew what Larry and Sergey wanted". That has never changed. It was true even before our specie learnt how to read and write.