Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his college dorm when he was just 20. Facebook is now 10 years and has more than a billion active users. Mark’s personal wealth and net worth is estimated to be $25 billion. In 2007 Mark became a billionaire as a result of Facebook’s success. He receives $1 salary as CEO of Facebook.
1. The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
2. Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission – to make the world more open and connected.
3. By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.
4. 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.
5. I think that people just have this core desire to express who they are. And I think that’s always existed.
6. I just think people have a lot of fiction. But, you know, I mean, the real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.
7. The question isn’t, ‘What do we want to know about people?’, It’s, ‘What do people want to tell about themselves?’
8. The companies that work are the ones that people really care about and have a vision for the world so do something you like.
9. Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.
10. The real question for me is, do people have the tools that they need in order to make those decisions well? And I think that it’s actually really important that Facebook continually makes it easier and easier to make those decisions. If people feel like they don’t have control over how they’re sharing things, then we’re failing them.
11. Advertising works most effectively when it’s in line with what people are already trying to do. And people are trying to communicate in a certain way on Facebook – they share information with their friends, they learn about what their friends are doing – so there’s really a whole new opportunity for a new type of advertising model within that.
12. In terms of doing work and in terms of learning and evolving as a person, you just grow more when you get more people’s perspectives. I really try and live the mission of the company and keep everything else in my life extremely simple.
13. I mean, we’ve built a lot of products that we think are good, and will help people share photos and share videos and write messages to each other. But it’s really all about how people are spreading Facebook around the world in all these different countries. And that’s what’s so amazing about the scale that it’s at today.
14. All of my friends who have younger siblings who are going to college or high school – my number one piece of advice is: You should learn how to program.
15. What really motivates people at Facebook is building stuff that they’re proud of.
16. We’re running the company to serve more people.
17. My goal was never to just create a company. A lot of people misinterpret that, as if I don’t care about revenue or profit or any of those things. But what not being just a company means to me is not being just that – building something that actually makes a really big change in the world.