Facebook was not a business when it first launched. In fact, its creator, Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, says he emphatically did NOT want to build a business.
Mark was also not explicitly planning to take over the world.
But he did recognise that the online social network had an extraordinary potential–when it got a million pageviews in its first weeks of operation.
Once Facebook got rolling, Mark says, incorporating seemed the best way to focus and motivate everyone–so Facebook finally become a company. And Mark and his roommates took a “semester” off and moved to Silicon Valley. He never went back.
We interviewed Mark Zuckerberg as part of our video series on Innovation, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. The clips from the interview below cover Facebook’s transformation to a successful company:
- The First Days Of Facebook: “I Did Not Want To Build A Company”
- So When DID Facebook Become A Business?
- How Facebook Rose To The Top
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