Happy 31 birthday, Mark Zuckerberg!
And regardless of what you think of Zuckerberg, he’s the one who built the company into the behemoth that it is today.
These quotes exemplify how Facebook became so massive and why Zuck was the guy to make it happen.
On his early passion: 'I got my first computer in the 6th grade or so. As soon as I got it, I was interested in finding out how it worked and how the programs worked and then figuring out how to write programs at just deeper and deeper levels within the system.'
On Facebook's real founding history: 'I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.'
On people giving him their personal information when Facebook had just got started at Harvard (via instant message): 'I don't know why ... they 'trust me' ... dumb f*cks.'
Zuckerberg was 19 at the time.
Much later, in 2010, he said the following to explain:
'When I was in college I did a lot of stupid things and I don't want to make an excuse for that. Some of the things that people accuse me of are true, some of them aren't. There are pranks, IMs. I started building this when I was around 19 years old, and along the way, a lot of stuff changed. We went from building a service in a dorm room to running a service that 500 million people use.'