Everyone knows Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO, and founder of “Facebook.” Here, we are with some interesting facts about Mark Zuckerberg which you have not heard off.
- Mark Zuckerberg began programming at a young age when he was 12 he created a messaging program that his father used in his dental office, allowing the receptionist to notify him of new patients without yelling across the office.
- His parents even hired a computer tutor to work with the young Zuckerberg, but the tutor admitted that it quickly became difficult to stay ahead of his pupil, referring to him as a “prodigy.”
- He was approached by several companies with job offers (including AOL and Microsoft) before he even graduated high school, but Zuckerberg turned them all down.
- Zuckerberg first launched Facebook from his dormitory at Harvard University.
- He dropped out of Harvard University after his sophomore year to continue working on Facebook.
- A movie was made about Zuckerberg and the birth of Facebook called The Social Network.
- Before Facebook, Zuckerberg created CourseMatch for Harvard students, helping students pick out classes based on which classes their friends were enrolled in.
- He also created the infamous Facemash program, which compared pictures of two Harvard students and allowed users to vote on who was more attractive. Harvard administration shut down the program, deeming it inappropriate.
- Zuckerberg’s next project involved teaming up with three other Harvard Students, Divya Narendra and the Winklevoss twins (who are infamously portrayed in The Social Network). They aimed to create a social networking site called Harvard Connection, which would serve as a matchmaking site for students. Zuckerberg soon left this project to work on Facebook with his friends.
- Early on, many companies like Yahoo! and MTV Networks approached Zuckerberg in hopes of advertising on Facebook, but Zuckerberg turned them down, not wanting to sell out.
- In 2006, the Harvard Connection team sued Zuckerberg, claiming he stole their concept and requesting compensation for their business losses. While Zuckerberg asserted that the ideas were completely different, incriminating messages revealed that Zuckerberg may have intentionally ripped off intellectual property from the Harvard Connection.
- Zuckerberg was not a fan of The Social Network, arguing that many of the film’s details were inaccurate.
- Mark Zuckerberg was one of the early adopters of Google+, saying that it validated his vision of mainstream social networking. In 2011, Zuckerberg was the most followed user on Google+, with even more followers than Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
- Zuckerberg has signed the “Giving Pledge” commitment, promising to donate at least 50% of his wealth over the course of his lifetime.
- Zuckerberg was Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2010 and in 2013, Facebook made the Fortune 500 list for the first time making Zuckerberg, at the age of 28, the youngest CEO on the list.
- Similar to Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg has a $1 annual salary as CEO of Facebook.
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