Mark Zuckerberg, the famous hoodie, jeans, sneakers clad young man was born when Apple introduced Macintosh. Facebook CEO turns 28 today!
All along these eight years, Zuckerberg, who has shown a maturity beyond his age, rebuffed tempting buyout offers made by Google Inc, Yahoo Inc and many more. "Simply put: we don't build services to make money; we make money to build better services," wrote Zuckerberg in his letter to prospective shareholders. "And we think this is a good way to build something. These days I think more and more people want to use services from companies that believe in something beyond simply maximizing profits."
Is Mark too young or are most CEO’s old? Mark is a product of a generation who grew up with computers around them. He belongs to a generation that grew up with social networking and with Internet that always existed. His age is an asset and so we can find many Facebook employees who are even younger than him. But, there are few shortcomings of this young billionaire who found a perfect face and personality to overcome his shortcomings.
So who’s the face of Facebook CEO? Sheryl Sandberg, a razor-sharp, people-savvy advertising executive who was hired away from Google in 2008. And then there's Donald Graham, the 66-year-old CEO and chairman of The Washington Post Co., who serves a dual role that of a board of director of Facebook as well as a mentor to Zuckerberg.
Though Zuckerberg has lots to learn and cope with the ever-demanding investors in future, he cleverly assembled “truly exceptional lieutenants” in his team. He carried out Facebook’s roadshow with his signature hoodie, attire, which was construed as "a level of aloofness to stakeholders." Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities says "He seems very customer focused and very employee focused. I am not sure he cares about anyone else... If he's going to go public, he has to answer to shareholders. That's why Google hired Eric Schmidt. That's why Steve Jobs was ultimately forced out of Apple."
Well with facebook going public there is going to be a tremendous amount of scrutiny on his company. But then Mark has always showed exceptional maturity all along and so we hope he pulls off his role as a CEO during this testing time too with equal grace.
Mark’s favorite quotations: "Fortune favors the bold," by Virgil, Aeneid X.284; "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up," by Pablo Picasso; "Make things as simple as possible but no simpler," by Albert Einstein. (As found on his Facebook Page).