How Mark Zuckerberg Starts Facebook and Becomes The Youngest Billionaire
Who doesn’t know about Facebook? From over 7,3billion people in the world, 1.8billion of them have Facebook account. And here is one of the heroes behind the success of Facebook : Mark Zuckerberg.
Know computer since 6 years old
Born in 1984, Mark Zuckerberg firstly know about computer in 1990’s from his father who thought him about Atari BASIC programming when he was 6 years old. Realizing his son passionate and interest in computer, Mark Zuckerberg’s father who was a dentist hired software developer David Newman to tutor him privately.
The first Mark Zuckerberg creation is ZuckNet, which allowed computers in his father’s dentist office to communicate each other, as well as with the computer in the house. This is called a “primitive” version of AOL’s and Instant Messenger which came out the following year. According to writer Jose Antonio Vargas,
“some kids played computer games. Mark created them.”
While Mark Zuckerberg still in middle school, he invented an artificial intelligent music player with his fellow Adam D’Angelo. The system able to learn the user’s music taste. Soon Microsoft found out about it and offered money and a job. But Mark Zuckerberg was not interested on that time.
Launched Facebook and become the youngest billionaire
Mark Zuckeberg launched Facebook in 2004 at his dorm room in Harvard University. Mark Zuckerberg was 20 at the time, and become a billionaire in 3 years later when he was 23 as the result of his masterpiece: Facebook.
Let’s check out the infographic by Funder and Founders below to see the life path of Mark Zuckeberg, including how he starts Facebook :
Faced several times of lawsuit
It was not that easy for Mark Zuckerberg since he has The Most Powerful Social Media. In an early stage of Facebook, just 6 days after Facebook launched, he needs to face lawsuit from ConnectU. Mark Zuckerberg was lost, and he needs to pay over 1.2 million common shares and pay $20 million in cash. Mark Zuckerberg also faced another 5 lawsuits since he starts Facebook.
Rejecting billion dollars offer
There is a running theme in how Mark Zuckerberg started. He got more than 10 offers from several companies to buy Facebook for billion dollars. And every time the offer comes, he walked away. He explained :
“It’s not because of the amount of money. For me and my colleagues, the most important thing is that we create an open information flow for people. Having media corporations owned by conglomerates is just not an attractive idea to me.”
But there is always a sweet part for every bitter road. For every tears and sweat that Zuck spent to standing straight on what he believes in, now Facebook is worth for $245billion.