QUOTES from Mark Zuckerberg
“My number one piece of advice is: you should learn how to program.”
“The question I ask myself like almost everyday is
‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?”
“If you don’t risk anything you risk everything.”
“Don’t discount yourself, no matter what you’re doing.
Everyone has a unique perspective that they can bring to the world.”
“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.”
“I started the site when I was 19.
I didn’t know much about business back then.”
“The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat.
They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.”
“If we want to have the biggest impact, the best way to do this is to make sure we always focus on solving the most important problems.”
“In a world that’s changing so quickly, you’re guaranteed to fail if you don’t take any risks.”
“There’s a difference between being obsessed and being motivated.”
“I try to shrug it off as a minor annoyance that whenever I do something successful, every capitalist out there wants a piece of the action.”
“In the olden times, privacy was good.
Today people want to share, people are more open.”
“Don’t discount yourself, no matter what you’re doing.”
“The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration.
Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete.”
“It is important for young entrepreneurs to be adequately self-aware to know what they do not know.”
“When you want to change things, you can’t please everyone.
If you do please everyone, you aren’t making enough progress.”
“Building a mission and building a business go hand-in-hand.
It is true that the primary thing that makes me excited about what we’re doing is the mission, but I also think, from the very beginning, we’ve had this healthy understanding which is that we need to do both.”
“Today we can only hear the voices and witness the imaginations of one-third of the world’s people.
We are all being robbed of the creativity and potential of the two-thirds of the world not yet online.
Tomorrow, if we succeed, the Internet will truly represent everyone.”
“I think as a company, if you can get two things right–having a clear direction on what you are trying to do and bringing in great people who can execute on the stuff–then you can do pretty well.”
“Our mission is to make the world more open and connected.
We do this by giving people the power to share whatever they want and be connected to whoever they want, no matter where they are.”
“With a generation of younger folks who have thrived on the success of their companies, there is a big opportunity for many of us to give back earlier in our lifetime and see the impact of our philanthropic efforts.”
“By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.”
“A guy who makes a new chair doesn’t owe money to everyone who ever built a chair.”
“I think that people just have this core desire to express who they are.
And I think that’s always existed.”
“There are social restrictions where someone could be suppressing someone else’s freedom to express themselves.”
“There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future. The scale of the technology and infrastructure that must be built is unprecedented, and we believe this is the most important problem we can focus on.”
“Young people are just smarter”
“Move fast, take risks, it’s okay to try big things you’re better off trying something and having it not work and learning from that than having not done anything at all.”
“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.”
“If things aren’t breaking, then you’re not moving fast enough.
People learn by making mistakes.”
“Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.”
“Companies face a handful of different risks, whether it is competitors or different market environments.
But I think that people focus way too much on competitors and not enough on their own execution.”
“If you actually do something you love it’s a lot easier and takes on a lot more purpose.”
“Find that thing you are super passionate about.”
“Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.”
“I would only hire someone to work directly for me if I was willing to work for that person.”
“People think innovation is just having a good idea but a lot of it is just moving quickly and trying a lot of things.”
“I’m trying to make the world a more open place by helping people connect and share.”
“I generally think if you do good things for people in the world, that comes back and you benefit from it over time.”
“Right now, with social networks and other tools on the Internet, all of these 500 million people have a way to say what they’re thinking and have their voice be heard.”
“When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power.”
“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”
“I’d like to show an improved product rather than just talk about things we might do.”
“I know it sounds corny, but I’d love to improve people’s lives, especially socially… Making the world more open is not an overnight thing. It’s a ten-to-fifteen-year thing.”
“A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.”
“I’m here to build something for the long-term.
Anything else is a distraction.”
“People don’t care about what someone says about you in a movie–or even what you say, right? They care about what you build.”
“It used to be the case, like you’d switch jobs, and then maybe you wouldn’t keep in touch with all the people that you knew from that old job, just because it was too hard. But one of the things that Facebook does is it makes it really easy to just stay in touch with all these people.”
“Almost any mistake you can make in running a company, I’ve probably made.”
“Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.”
“Why are most chess masters under 30?”
“Connecting the world is really important, and that is something that we want to do.”
“Every application will be designed from the ground up to use real identity and friends.”
“Virtual Reality is going to be an important technology.
I am pretty confident about this.”
“We used to write this down by saying, ‘move fast and break things.’ And the idea was, unless you are breaking some stuff you are not moving fast enough. I think there’s probably something in that for other entrepreneurs to learn which is that making mistakes is okay. At the end of the day, the goal of building something is to build something, not to not make mistakes.”
“You grow more when you get more people’s perspective.”
“There are people who are really good managers, people who can manage a big organization, and then there are people who are very analytic or focused on strategy.
Those two types don’t usually tend to be in the same person.
I would put myself much more in the latter camp.”
“Nothing influences people more than are commendation from a trusted friend.”
“At Facebook, we’re inspired by technologies that have revolutionized how people spread and consume information. We often talk about inventions like the printing press and the television — by simply making communication more efficient, they led to a complete transformation of many important parts of society. They gave more people a voice. They encouraged progress. They changed the way society was organized. They brought us closer together.”
“The trick isn’t adding stuff, it’s taking away.”
“The companies that work are the ones that people really care about and have a vision for the world so do something you like.”
“What Facebook stands for in the world is giving people a voice and spreading ideas and rationalism.”
“Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.”
“Building a mission and building a business go hand in hand.”
“People influence people. Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend. A trusted referral influences people more than the best broadcast message. A trusted referral is the Holy Grail of advertising.”
“Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services. And we think this is a good way to build something.”
“The most important thing is to keep your team as small as possible.”
“I mostly built stuff that I liked.”
“Virtual Reality is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.”