• Überpreneurs provides not only a rich cache of case studies, but fascinating and compelling insights into the people changing our lives. It should be recommended reading in any MBA or Executive Leadership program that aims to transform students’ thinking.

    Damian Scanlon

Übercast: Happy People

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg
  • Born: 1984, White Plains, New York, USA
  • Education: Harvard University
  • Organisation: Facebook
  • Website: Facebook
  • Image credit: Brian Solis

Building an IT empire was on Mark Zuckerberg’s cards from the start.

On the one hand, the schoolboy Mark was into the classics. He loved to read and quote from Homer’s Iliad, and his choice of sporting activity matched his taste in literature: he captained his school at fencing, the most classical of the martial arts.

On the other, he was a prodigious computing talent, who loved to use his programming skills to address real world problems. The Synapse Media Player, created by Zuckerberg and a schoolmate to dissect their friends’ musical preferences and construct play lists, attracted million dollar offers from Microsoft and others keen to acquire both Zuckerberg and his software. But Zuckerberg wasn’t interested.

He wanted his own empire.

"Move fast and break things"

Listen to Mark Zuckerberg on the future of smartphone networks

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