If I wasn’t at Facebook I’d be atMicrosoft: Zuckerberg

Posted: October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
has said that if the social networking website
had not worked out he would have probably
landed at Microsoft. “I probably would have
taken an engineering job…(and) always had a
lot of respect for Microsoft,” he told Paul
Graham, a co-founder of the tech venture
capital fun Y Combinator, during a 45-minute
interview before an audience of 1,700 at
Stanford’s Memorial Hall.
“A lot of people from Harvard went to work
there,” the 28-year-old added. The social
networking mogul opened up about his startup
experience and opined on the problems with
entrepreneurs these days, at the annual
conference for entrepreneurs and computer
hackers at Stanford University held on
Saturday, the Daily Mail reported.
Though Facebook’s lagging stock performance
has been the topic of discussion, Zuckerberg
instead shared tales of his early years at
Harvard, his path to becoming one of the most
powerful figures in Silicon Valley and even
imagined what he would have done if things
had turned out differently. Even though
Facebook is one of the most visited pages on
the web, employs nearly 4,000 people and
boasts 1 billion users worldwide, the founder
divulged that he most likely would have made
his way to Seattle if his idea had flopped.
Zuckerberg provided his account of his school
days and was the first to admit he wasn’t the
model student. Contrary to what one might
expect, Zuckerberg was actually a psychology
major at the Ivy League university and enjoyed
the study of classical languages instead of
computer science or business. But despite his
best intentions, he rarely attended class and
instead spent his time computer programming.
“My life is a long history of people thinking I
would drop out of school long before I did,”
Zuckerberg told the audience. He said his
parents came to the realisation pretty early on
that though he enrolled at Harvard in 2002, he
was unlikely to stay put, much like the story of
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who dropped out
of Harvard in 1975 to start the computer
company. “I started building Facebook because
I wanted it at college, which is one of the
ironies, since I then left college,” he said.
As Zuckerberg worked away at the idea for a
revolutionary social network in college, the
website grew in popularity but in retrospect
Zuckerberg said the pace was actually slow
compared to today’s standards. “Facebook did
grow quickly but it took a year for us to get a
million users,” he said. He also admitted that
even he wasn’t sure that Facebook would be his
golden ticket.

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