Mark Elliot Zuckerberg popularly known as Mark Zuckerberg is an American internet entrepreneur and philanthropist. He co-founded Facebook, Inc. and serves as its chairman, chief executive officer, and controlling shareholder. He also co-founded and is a board member of the solar sail spacecraft development project Breakthrough Starshot.
Born in White Plains, New York on May 14, 1984, Zuckerberg attended Harvard University, where he launched the Facebook social networking service from his dormitory room on February 4, 2004, with college roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.Originally launched to select college campuses, the site expanded rapidly and eventually beyond colleges, reaching one billion users by 2012. Zuckerberg took the company public in May 2012 with majority shares. His net worth is estimated to be nearly $82 billion as of February 2019, increasing over the past year with Facebook stock as a whole. In 2007, at age 23, he became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. As of 2019, he is the only person under 50 in the Forbes ten richest people list, and the only one under 40 in the Top 20 Billionaires list.
Since 2010, Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year award. In December 2016, Zuckerberg was ranked 10th on Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People.
His parents are Karen , a psychiatrist, and Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist. He and his three sisters, Randi, Donna and Arielle, were brought up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a small Westchester County village about 21 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. Zuckerberg was raised in a Reform Jewish household and his ancestors hailed from Germany, Austria and Poland. He had a Star Wars themed bar mitzvah when he turned 13 and once “questioned things” before deciding “religion is very important”.
At Ardsley High School, Zuckerberg excelled in classes. After two years, he transferred to the private school Phillips Exeter Academy, where he won prizes in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and classical studies. In his youth, he also attended the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer camp. On his college application, Zuckerberg stated that he could read and write French, Hebrew, Latin, and ancient Greek. He was captain of the fencing team.
Zuckerberg began using computers and writing software in middle school. His father taught him Atari BASIC Programming in the 1990s, and later hired software developer David Newman to tutor him privately. Zuckerberg took a graduate course in the subject at Mercy College near his home while still in high school. In one program, since his father’s dental practice was operated from their home, he built a software program he called “ZuckNet” that allowed all the computers between the house and dental office to communicate with each other.
Vargas noted that by the time Zuckerberg began classes at Harvard, he had already achieved a “reputation as a programming prodigy”. He studied psychology and computer science and belonged to Alpha Epsilon Pi and Kirkland House. In his sophomore year, he wrote a program that he called CourseMatch, which allowed users to make class selection decisions based on the choices of other students and also to help them form study groups.
We had books called Face Books, which included the names and pictures of everyone who lived in the student dorms. At first, he built a site and placed two pictures or pictures of two males and two females. Visitors to the site had to choose who was “hotter” and according to the votes there would be a ranking.
The following semester, in January 2004, Zuckerberg began writing code for a new website. On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg launched “Thefacebook”, originally located at thefacebook.com.
Six days after the site launched, three Harvard seniors, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, accused Zuckerberg of intentionally misleading them into believing he would help them build a social network called HarvardConnection.com, while he was instead using their ideas to build a competing product. The three complained to The Harvard Crimson, and the newspaper began an investigation in response.
Following the official launch of the Facebook social media platform, the three filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg that resulted in a settlement. The agreed settlement was for 1.2 million Facebook shares.
Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard in his sophomore year in order to complete his project. On May 28, 2017, Zuckerberg received an honorary degree from Harvard.
Mark Zuckerberg Quotes
“Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff you are not moving fast enough.”
“I mean, the real story is actually pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.”
“People don’t care about what you say, they care about what you build.”
“I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.”
“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”
“People can be really smart or have skills that are directly applicable, but if they don’t really believe in it, then they are not going to really work hard.”
“Our society needs more heroes who are scientists, researchers, and engineers. We need to celebrate and reward the people who cure diseases, expand our understanding of humanity and work to improve people’s lives.”
“Give everyone the power to share anything with anyone.”
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
“I look at Google and think they have a strong academic culture. Elegant solutions to complex problems.”
“Don’t let anyone tell you to change who you are.”
“I’m here to build something for the long-term. Anything else is a distraction.”
“Instead of building walls, we can help build bridges.”
“I think the internet is really good in general because it helps people get access to more information.”
“Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend.”
“By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.”
“Advertising works most effectively when it’s in line with what people are already trying to do.”
“Whatever you build, build with care. Anyone who has built something big, has done it with care.”
“The question isn’t, ‘What do we want to know about people?’ It’s, ‘What do people want to tell about themselves.”
“We look for people who are passionate about something. In a way, it almost doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about.”
“A guy who make a new chair doesn’t owe money to everyone who ever built a chair.”