The monarchs of today’s world are not kings and queens but the founders and leaders of big corporations. These are the movers and the shakers of today’s technology driven world and they are the ones who take decisions that have a global impact. Though there are hundreds of them out there who have managed to make a very strong impact on the world of business, here is one CEO who is special, innovative and the quintessential entrepreneur - Mark Zukerberg (CEO of World's largest social networking site; Facebook aka FB)
Some Facts about Facebook
- Facebook has around 1.4B monthly active users, and it’s all set to add-on a billion more.
- If FB were a country, it’d be the 3rd largest in the world.
- The Social networking site accounts for 1 of every 7 minutes spent online.
- In excess of 1B pieces of content get shared on Facebook.
- Facebook users watch 3B videos everyday on the site.
Changing the Face of the World
A Peek into History
If you haven’t had a chance to read Zuckerberg’s biography and feel that he must have been born with the silver spoon in his mouth, you couldn’t be more mistaken. He came from humble beginnings and belonged to an educated family. His father Edward was a dentist and his mother Karen, a psychiatrist. The youngest of 4 children, Mark was a sure-shot favorite in the family. He was only 12 years old when he made use of his Atari BASIC computer and invented Zucknet, a messenger.
Decades down the line, the tech stripes haven’t faded and neither has Mark’s hunger to invent and reinvent himself. He wears Gap-worthy jeans and hoodies and cruises nonchalantly in a Volkswagen GTI that’s worth around £20,000 & you’ll never catch him flashing the cash- Is the man unassuming or what?
Two Sides of the Same Coin
Facebook’s latest launch is “Facebook Lite”. It’s essentially a basic version of the Android mobile app which utilizes significantly less data than the latter. The idea is to cater to millions of users in emerging markets across the world. This app has been launched in a number of countries across Asia and is all set to be rolled out in sections of Europe, Africa as well as Latin America, over the next few weeks. Check this page for more info.
This is the tech avatar of Facebook’s CEO; there is also a philanthropist avatar. Just a couple of days ago, the dynamic Facebook CEO made an announcement on his post- He & Priscilla Chan his wife have made a donation of $5M to TheDream.us, a scholarship fund.
The donation will help many young, undocumented immigrants across the United States to attend college. This donation will be able to help over 400 immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay Area, over the next 5 years. It’s also where the Facebook headquarters is located. Forbes reports that Mark Zuckerberg (31) is worth $36B; for a tech crazy kid from humble beginnings, it’s been an impressive run, wouldn’t you say?