Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, has become something of tech world pin-up. His Steve Jobs-style conferences, and the hit film about Facebook, have propelled him to a celebrity status not normally enjoyed by website CEOs.
That’s not to mention his age. At 23, he became the world’s youngest billionaire. Now just 27, Zuckerberg is worth an estimated $17.5 billion. Not bad for a Harvard dropout.
Here are some of the top quotes from the guy everyone wants as a Facebook friend.
“I’m the first to admit we have made a bunch of mistakes. In particular, I think a small number of high profile mistakes have often overshadowed much of the good we have done.”
In a blog on Facebook recently, Zuckerberg apologised for some of the privacy settings on the social networking site.
In 2009 it was found that Facebook had changed users’ privacy settings without warning, making information public without their consent.
Thanks to complaints and an intervention by the Federal Trade Commission, privacy on the site has been tightened up.
Starting a company
“If I were starting now I would do things very differently. I didn’t know anything. In Silicon Valley, you get this feeling that you have to be out here. But it’s not the only place to be. If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston.”
In an interview at a US business school, Zuckerberg told how the much-famed Silicon Valley is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Zuckerberg moved to Silicon Valley in Facebook’s early years, but now thinks things have changed. During the interview, he explained how many companies move the Californian tech hotspot but struggle to stay afloat in its cut-throat culture.
“Google’s a great company and I think we want to look at and learn from everything that they do. But at the same time, people have shared a lot on Facebook and have already told a lot of their life story on Facebook. And we think that we have by far better tools for doing that.”
In a profile of Facebook and its CEO on BBC 2, Zuckerberg seemed to finally admit that Google+ could pose some competition.
It’s a candid admission, having referred to it as ‘little Facebook’ in the past. Could this mean that Facebook will be stepping up its game?