You can watch here on TechCrunch or on the NASDAQ website as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made history this morning ringing the bell to open the day’s trading on the NASDAQ from Facebook’s headquarters just before his company’s IPO. The ceremony didn’t include Zuckerberg giving a speech or any remarks. However, he did sign the NASDAQ bell’s touchscreen “To a more open and connected world”. Facebook stock won’t actually begin trading until 8am PST / 11am EST so investors will have a few more hours to salivate.
Employees have been at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park for an all-night hackathon that’s about to culminate with Zuck’s bell-ringing ceremony.
9:26am EST – The ceremony begins.
9:28am EST – Zuckerberg was flanked by COO Sheryl Sandberg, VP of Product Chris Cox, and several other employees.
9:31am EST – Zuck signed the NASDAQ Opening Bell touchscreen “To a more open and connected world”, as is now shown on the NASDAQ’s screen in Times Square
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