World’s Youngest Elder Statesman: Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Zuckerberg outlined a 10-year plan to alter the way people interact with each other and the brands that keep advertising dollars rolling at the world's largest social network. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to make world a better place by not just keeping internet in mind. It was not long back, when the Facebook CEO was answering question at his startup office while sitting beneath the Pulp Fiction poster. One of those common poster that you will find everywhere around America. As, he held his beer in that red Solo cup and with adolescent cadence that he carried.

“I mean, there doesn’t necessarily have to be more,” he says after a pause. “ You know, I mean, like a lot of people are focused on taking over the world or doing like the biggest thing, getting the most users… I mean, I really just want to stay focused on college and create a really cool college directory product that just, like, is very relevant for students and has a lot of information that people care about when they’re in college.”

Eleven years later, Zuckerberg’s ambitions for Facebook have evolved, and so has the way he delivers his message. Facebook has been growing at breakneck speed since its inception and now has more than 1.6 billion users. But only in recent months has Zuckerberg, now 31, begun to shed the persona reflected (and distorted) in an Oscar-winning film and a hit HBO series. Zuck is now a father and, like a typical Facebook user, he’s happy to share his baby photos. He says he wants to use his massive wealth for the greater good. And when you hear him speak now, you could be forgiven for think he sounds more like a man running for political office than a kid with a keg-stand in his near future. In Silicon Valley, any founder who’s career lasts is bound to go through some evolution. The industry puts a premium on youthful leadership, and the brass that comes with. Experience tends to temper this. Steve Jobs famously mellowed by the time Apple’s historic turnaround was underway, at least comparatively to his early years. Bill Gates too shed his image as a barb-wielding engineer for one of global statesman.

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