When starting this section of Bloggers Market, I had hoped to highlight some of the new talent of “The New Media”, but as I got further into the understanding of the Internet, I couldn’t help but be drawn to those that are responsible for the building of this dynamic medium. All playing a part in the intricate construction of what we have come to rely on for our daily information fix. None plays a bigger role in this new way of life and social interaction than Mark Zuckerberg.
Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York to a Jewish family and raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York. As a young lad Mark had an interest in computer programming, working of programs for communications applications & tools and, as one might imagine, games. He attended high school at Ardsley High School before he transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy where he studied Latin.
Mark built a music player named Synapse that used artificial intelligence to learn the user’s listening habits, and was courted by Microsoft and AOL when both tried to purchase Synapse. Mark decided to head to Harvard instead, where he started “Facebook” from his dorm room on February 4, 2004. Mark originally had intended for Facebook to be used by his Harvard group, but soon enlisted the help of Dustin Moskovitz to spread the idea to Stanford, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell and Yale. Obviously wanting to keep it an Ivy League thing.
Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz decided to move to Palo Alto, California during the summer of 2004, where they leased a small house that would serve as their first office. Over the summer Dustin met Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist who co-founded Pay-Pal and provided an early opportunity to Peter Thiel to invest in Facebook.
As Facebook went through it’s growing pains with the likes of “News Feed”, “Connect”, and “Beacon” it was able to pitch Microsoft on a 1.6% stake of the company for $240 million. On that formula, it is said that at least Microsoft believes that Facebook is worth in the neighborhood of 15 Billion, which is a pretty good neighborhood.
And what is Mark Zuckerberg Tweeting about? I kid you not ………. Facebook, man,…….. you just can’t think this stuff up. Go configure!
Here it is as of March 13, 2009: “Also just created a public page on FB: www.facebook.com/markzuckerberg”. Think you can give us an update there Mark!!!