Earlier today, a strange message appeared on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s fan page. It read as follows:
Let the hacking begin: If facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a ‘social business’ the way Nobel Price winner Muhammad Yunus described it? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you… → Read More
Paul Carr and my jokes aside, the Crunchies is pretty much an unabashed love-fest. We even get along with our arch-competitors GigaOm and VentureBeat long enough to co-host the event.
But our annual love for Apple remains mostly unrequited. We shower them with awards and praise, and they don’t even send so much as an intern to accept their monkey statues. In the past, we’ve filled the sad… → Read More
This has apparently been around for a while, so excuse me if you’ve seen it before. A riff on Marc by Marc Jacobs, Mark by Mark Zuckerberg lets you dress like Facebook’s already iconic founder and CEO. Why didn’t anyone think of this before?
One of the standout scenes at in The Social Network happens in the first five minutes of the movie. Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) is sitting in a bar with boyfriend Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) when she says the following to him:
You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I… → Read More
Glassdoor.com is a site where employees can honestly say how they feel about their employers. The promise is it helps people make more informed job decisions. But even if the company never pulls that off, I’m glad it exists to give business voyeurs like me a window into the companies that put on such a brave PR face.
Enter this year’s list of naughty and nice CEOs and best companies to work for… → Read More
Someone needs to make me a “Where in the world is Eduardo Saverin?” logo. Following up on my story that he was holed up in a penthouse in Singapore investing in Facebook games, comes news that Saverin has hopped over to Indonesia to meet with some startups. Pictured to the left is Saverin with Aria Rajasa of GantiBaju– a company I wrote about here that won the SparkxUp awards in… → Read More
This is seriously the best Mark Zuckerberg interview I’ve ever seen. Fresh off of the announcement of Facebook Messages (yes, that’s what the product is called) Zuckerberg took the stage at Web 2.0 Summit to talk about the state of Facebook.
Zuckerberg went into the recent scuffles with Google, how soon every major product will be rethought to be social, why Facebook’s been on a recent… → Read More
Today during the unveiling of their “modern messaging system“, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had quite a bit to say about the rumored death of email with the coming of their product. “This is not an email killer. This is a messaging experience that includes email as one part of it,” Zuckerberg said.
Of course, he then went on to say that if in the future, Facebook’s system fundamentally alters the… → Read More
Above is the Team page for Synapse, the Pandora-like music recommendation plugin Mark Zuckerberg and former Facebook engineer and Quora founder Adam D’Angelo built in 2002, while they were in high school together. You can access the entire site through the Web Archive here. Aol, Microsoft and WinAmp all expressed interest in buying the WinAmp program and Zuckerberg and D’Angelo reportedly… → Read More
I haven’t run into him, but have confirmed from at least ten local programmers and angel investors that Eduardo Saverin– the Brazilian-born estranged Facebook co-founder who helped Ben Mezrich write a devastating revenge book of his ouster before taking a settlement and disappearing from the face of the US tech scene– has been hiding out in Singapore for the better part of the last… → Read More
Today at Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins unveiled a new $250 million fund for investing in social applications, called “sFund”. Joining Kleiner Perkins in this venture are some Internet heavyweights: Facebook, Zynga, and Amazon. And CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Pincus, and Jeff Bezos took the stage today to talk a bit about the future of social.
Of… → Read More
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is mentioned 10 times in Ben McGrath’s much ballyhooed New Yorker profile on blog impressario Nick Denton. The most interesting mention is in the context of a story about Zuckerberg and Denton serving on a panel together at a News Corp. retreat in Monterey, a fact which in and of itself is kind of ominous:
“I actually like the guy,” he said. “Apparently, his… → Read More
Well, not really … But doesn’t get much whiter than a rapper who name checks Peter Thiel. Inspired by the Facebook creation myth and The Social Network movie, Jay Kila the Viral Rapper (yes, you read that right) has created the above video, replete with animated Zuck.
Usually I’d pull lyric highlights, but the lyrics here are just so good overall that I’m going to include the whole song. → Read More
When asked which entrepreneur teenagers admire most, Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs reigns supreme according to the 2010 Junior Achievement Teens and Entrepreneurship survey (PDF), leaving Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the dust.
Junior Achievement surveyed 1,000 teens in the United States by telephone to get an idea of which entrepreneurs they admire most. Nearly a quarter of… → Read More
As a complete The Simpsons dork, I’m just going to ignore “journalistic integrity” or whatever for the moment to blabber on for three paragraphs about how cool this is. In making an appearance on a The Simpsons episode last night, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg joined the pantheon of Internet moguls Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, achieving the honorary PhD in nerd pop culture that is awarded with… → Read More
Instead of another boring lecture, last week my students at UC-Berkeley got quite a treat: a lively discussion with TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington. I once described Mike as a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Howard Stern; so I was ready for a little controversy. But he ended up lighting such a big fire, that I’ve been bombarded with questions from students about their education and careers. → Read More
The “Waiting for Superman” movement continues to sweep through the Valley with news that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has donated $100 million to Newark Schools– no doubt encouraged by his COO Sheryl Sandberg who has been a big supporter of the movie and the movement to reform public education.
Some people have insinuated the move was a calculated ploy to whitewash Zuckerberg’s image with the… → Read More
More instant messages and emails have surfaced from the early days of Facebook, adding some more color, but few new major details, to the contentious relationship between Mark Zuckerberg and one of his Harvard co-founders, Eduardo Saverin. The IMs and emails were published today by Silicon Alley Insider, which also published much more inflammatory early Zuckerberg IMs last May, including the… → Read More
Environmental organization Greenpeace has released a video harshly criticizing Facebook’s use of coal-fuelled electricity in its Oregon-based data center, singling out founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The organization calls Facebook a “so coal network”.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed to all that the social giant was not pursuing an IPO on a Facebook Questions page earlier today. TechCrunch web developer Ben Schaechter has an alternate take on Zuckerberg’s response, above, “I really don’t see how it could be any clearer. Really.” → Read More
Taking a cue from Quora’s very engaged CEO Adam D’Angelo, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently used Facebook Questions to weigh in on the ETA for a possible Facebook IPO. Zuckerberg’s thoughtful take? That upcoming product developments might put a kibosh on a public offering this or next year, despite what some incoming employees may hope, “I tend to think that being private is better for us… → Read More
Perhaps you’ve heard that Apple and Facebook are having a little bit of an issue at the moment. Despite launching with Facebook Connect integration yesterday, it’s now nowhere to be seen on Apple’s new music social network, Ping. And that’s too bad because even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg signed up to try out Ping yesterday, we hear.
While Facebook Connect will no longer help you find… → Read More
Yesterday, Facebook held a developer’s garage event at their headquarters in Palo Alto. To kick things off, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to talk a bit about the history of Facebook. Notably, he focused on Facebook Photos as being a key catalyst that led to everything the social network is today.
He noted that when they launched the product, they didn’t have all of the features that their… → Read More
Less than one hour after Facebook struck the ceremonial gong, signaling the official birth of Places, the ACLU of Northern California was ready to cry foul play.
In a 429-word post titled, “Facebook Places: Check This Out, Before You Check In,” the ACLU branch rips the new feature for a perceived lack of user control, complaining (in dramatically bold font) that “in the world of Facebook Places… → Read More
Meet Eric Fisher, Product Designer at Facebook and Design Advisor at local search site Milo. Fisher also has the notable and somewhat awkward designation of being the first cousin of Jesse Eisenberg, the actor who plays his boss Mark Zuckerberg in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin movie The Social Network.
Fisher, who has been at Facebook since February, says he and Eisenberg are pretty close and very… → Read More
This morning, Inside Facebook posted a great interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the state of the company. It’s worth reading in its entirety for thoughts about the Platform, Credits, gaming, and the company’s financials. But one thing that caught my eye in particular was his thoughts about Twitter.
Over the past year and a half, Facebook has been under a lot of criticism that it is… → Read More