The second youngest billionaire of the world and chief executive officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is truly an inspiration for future generation of entrepreneurs, and an engaging keynote speaker. Here is his story of great success that began in a dorm room and encompassed the world due to utter talent and brilliant mind work.
When Mark was in high school he developed a music player that worked on artificial intelligence; the ‘Synapse Media Player’ could pick up its user’s listening habits. Microsoft and AOL were interested in purchasing this player but Zuckerberg refused and instead opted to enroll in Harvard University in 2002 where he studied computer science and psychology.
In 2002 Zuckerberg enrolled at Harvard University, by his sophomore year he had a reputation as the go-to-software developer on campus. He built a program called CourseMatch, which helped students choose their classes based on the course selections of other users. He also invented Facemash, which compared the pictures of two students on campus and allowed users to vote on which one was more attractive. The program became wildly popular, but was later shut down by the school administration after it was deemed inappropriate.
After this, Zuckerberg and his friends created a site that allowed users to create their own profiles, upload photos, and communicate with other users. The group ran the site—first called The Facebook—out of a dorm room at Harvard until June 2004. After his sophomore year, Zuckerberg dropped out of college to devote himself to Facebook full time, moving the company to Palo Alto, California along with some close friends, where they laid the solid foundations of Facebook. After huge investments from Peter Thiel and venture capital firm ‘Accel Partners’, the social network was able to cross the boundaries of the ivy league schools. By December 2005 Facebook had almost 6 million users worldwide.
Mark Zuckerberg became the world’s youngest billionaire at the age of 24 and the 35th richest American. By 2010 Facebook users had increased to 500 million. Facebook debuted on the NASDAQ stock exchange at 38 dollars per share and a market capitalization of 104 billion dollars making it one of the largest companies in the Silicon Valley and the world.
In 2010, the story of Facebook served as the central plot to the feature film The Social Network, which is based on the 2003 book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. Chosen as the ‘Time’ person of the year in 2010, the billionaire never faltered due to any hurdle and continues to introduce innovations to his brainchild, the Facebook.
He is also very happy in his personal life having wed his long term girlfriend; Priscilla Chan. Mark is a generous donor to many charities. He has signed the ‘Giving Pledge’ an initiative that takes promises from the world’s billionaires to donate half of their wealth to charities during or after their life.
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