Mark Zuckerberg – small bio

Name Mark Elliot Zuckerberg
Founder/Co-Founder Facebook, Inc., ConnectU
Born on 14 May 1984 AD
education Harvard University
Net worth $36.5 billion

 

Mark Zuckerberg is famous worldwide, for having developed ‘Facebook’, the most widely used social networking website. At a very young age, he was taught how to write computer programs by his father, and tutor David Newman. In high school, he developed a music player, ‘Synapse’, and while still a student at ‘Harvard University’, he launched his website ‘Facebook’, along with college mates Chris Hughes, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Dustin Moskovitz. Though he was initially accused by some senior students, of having stolen their idea, his site’s popularity was not affected. ‘Facebook’ saw a steady rise in the number of active users per month. The founder kept adding to the platform with services like Wirehog, Beacon and ‘Connect’. The website started out as a networking platform only for ‘Harvard University’, and then was opened for other colleges. Soon, it became available to general public, and gained widespread popularity for its user-friendly interface. Zuckerberg is now the chairman and CEO of the company Facebook Inc, earning one dollar as his salary. His website has made him so popular that the film ‘The Social Network’, starring Jesse Eisenberg, was made based on a book, ‘The Accidental Billionaires’, which documented Mark’s life

 

Career

He began attending the ‘Harvard University’, majoring in psychology and computer science. During his days at the university, he built programmers titled CourseMatch and Facemash. While CourseMatch helped students select their courses and decide on study groups, FaceMash was meant for fun allowing students to choose the best face among a selection of photos.

  • In the next semester, in 2004, Mark launched a new website called ‘Thefacebook.com’. He created the social networking site that along with friends Chris Hughes, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Dustin Moskovitz.
  • He was accused of having stolen the ideas of senior students, Divya Narendra, and twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who had planned on a social media site called ‘The Harvard Connection’. As a settlement to the lawsuit, Zuckerberg had to give the three seniors Facebook shares worth 300 million dollars.
  • Soon Zuckerberg quit college, and began working on his site in a new office at Palo Alto, California.
  • In 2005, ‘Accel Partners’, a company dealing in growth equities, funded ‘Facebook’ with 12.7 million dollars. Two years later, Mark launched ‘Facebook Platform’ to enable software developers to use ‘Facebook’ to build other applications.
  • Within the next year, this brilliant software programmer introduced two other services within the ‘Facebook’ platform, called ‘Beacon’ and ‘Connect’.
  • ‘Facebook’ was initially meant for students of Harvard University, but was later distributed to other educational institutions including.
  • Zuckerberg introduced a new project in 2013, titled Internet.org, in collaboration with cell phone firms like Qualcomm, Samsung, Opera Software, Ericsson, Microsoft, MediaTek, and Reliance. The aim of the project was to enable widespread use of Internet in developing countries.
  • The same year, this software developer became the CEO and Chairman of the company Facebook, Inc.

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