Mark Zuckerberg Mark Elliot "Zuck" Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American entrepreneur who cofounded the social

networking site Facebook. Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook with fellow classmates Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes while attending Harvard. He is a 24% shareholder of Facebook.[2] Personal life Zuckerberg was born in White Plains, New York to Karen, a psychiatrist, and Edward, a dentist.

Mark and three sisters, Randi, Donna, and Arielle, were brought up in Dobbs Ferry, New

York.[3] Zuckerberg's parents are Jewish,[4] but he considers himself an atheist.[5] Zuckerberg started programming when he was in middle school. Early on, he enjoyed developing computer programs, especially communication tools and games. He studied at Ardsley High School where he excelled in the classics, before transferring in his junior year to Phillips Exeter Academy where he immersed himself in Latin.[6][7] He also designed and programmed a computer application system to help the workers in his father's office communicate; he built a version of the game Risk, and under the company name Intelligent Media Group, he built a music player named the Synapse Media Player that used artificial intelligence to learn the user's listening habits, which was posted

to Slashdot[8]and received a rating of 3 out of 5 from PC Magazine.[9] Microsoft and AOL tried to purchase Synapse and recruit Zuckerberg, but he instead went to Harvard College in September 2002 where he joined Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity, and studied computer science.[3][10] In his sophomore year at Harvard, he met his current girlfriend, Priscilla Chan. [3] In college, he was known for reciting lines from epic poems such as The Iliad.[6] Zuckerberg "clearly thinks of himself as a hacker"[11] and says hacking isn't about "breaking and entering," it's about "being unafraid to break things in order to make them better."[12] Facebook conducts "hackathons" every six to eight weeks in which participants have one night to conceive of and complete a project.[11] The company provides music, food, and beer at the hackathons, and many Facebook staff members, including Zuckerberg, regularly attend.[12] "The idea is that you can build something really good in a night,” Zuckerberg told Wired. "And that’s part of the personality of Facebook now ... It’s definitely very core to my personality."[11] On Zuckerberg's Facebook page, he lists his personal interests as "openness, making things that help people connect and share what's important to them, revolutions, information flow, minimalism."

Founding and goals Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room on February 4. They leased a small house that served as an office. In an interview in 2007. and their telephone numbers.[20][21][22] Zuckerberg moved to Palo Alto. the most important thing is that we create an open information flow for people. 2004. the group planned to return to Harvard but eventually decided to remain in California. California. For me and my colleagues. Zuckerberg met Peter Thiel who invested in the company.[19] . Brown. their proximities to friends. It published its own student directory.[15] In 2010. "The Photo Address Book". students were able to list attributes such as their class years. Facebook's dominant color. but which students referred to as "The Facebook". Zuckerberg explained his reasoning: It's not because of the amount of money. best. Dartmouth. Columbia. Having media corporations owned by conglomerates is just not an attractive idea to me. and then at other schools that had social contacts with Harvard. They first started it at Stanford. They got their first office in mid-2004.[16] Zuckerberg. who is red-green colorblind. With them.[attribution needed] They had already turned down offers by major corporations to buy out Facebook. Zuckerberg's Facebook started off as just a "Harvard thing" until Zuckerberg decided to spread it to other schools. New York University. According to Zuckerberg. enlisting the help of roommate Dustin Moskovitz.[17] Facebook Main article: Facebook Zuckerberg (right) with Robert Scoble in 2008.[18] Once at college. and Yale. [18][19] An earlier inspiration for Facebook may have come from Phillips Exeter Academy. with Moskovitz and some friends. Zuckerberg was chosen as number 16 in New Statesman's annual survey of the world's 50 most influential figures.Vanity Fair magazine named Zuckerberg number 1 on its 2010 list of the Top 100 "most influential people of the Information Age". Such photo directories were an important part of the student social experience at many private schools. Cornell. [14]Zuckerberg ranked number 23 on the Vanity Fair 100 list in 2009. Over the summer. the private high school from which Zuckerberg graduated in 2002. sees blue.

. 2007. When asked whether Facebook could earn more income from advertising as a result of its phenomenal growth. and on December 5. was launched.He restated these same goals to Wired magazine in 2010: "The thing I really care about is the mission. 2007. created by Wayne Chang. Adam D'Angelo. in April 2009. eBay sellers could let friends know automatically what they have for sale via the Facebook news feed as they list items for sale. Zuckerberg announced Facebook Platform. But we aren’t like that. a development platform for programmers to create social applications within Facebook. Traction was low compared to i2hub. We make enough money. Right.. and Facebook ultimately shut Wirehog down the following summer. both i2hub and Facebook were gaining the attention of the press and growing rapidly in users and publicity. Within weeks. On November 6. It grew to more than 800. many applications had been built and some already had millions of users.000 developers around the world building applications for Facebook Platform. i2hub. The average for us is a little less than 10 percent of the pages and the average for search is about 20 percent taken up with ads . On July 23. he explained: I guess we could . In August 2004. Zuckerberg sought the advice of former Netscape CFO Peter Currie about financing strategies for Facebook. At the time. Zuckerberg announced Facebook Connect. 2008. and Sean Parker launched a competing peer-to-peer file sharing service called Wirehog. making the world open. another campus-only service. The program came under scrutiny because of privacy concerns from groups and individual users. Zuckerberg . 2010. It was a precursor to Facebook Platform applications. 2007.[24] On July 21. a version of Facebook Platform for users. Andrew McCollum.[26][27] Platform and Beacon On May 24. Zuckerberg.. I mean.. Zuckerberg reported that the company reached the 500 million-user mark [25]. which enabled people to share information with their Facebook friends based on their browsing activities on other sites. If you look at how much of our page is taken up with ads compared to the average search query. we are keeping things running. Zuckerberg and Facebook failed to respond to the concerns quickly."[23] Earlier.[23] Wirehog Main article: Wirehog A month after Facebook launched in February 2004. we are growing at the rate we want to. For example. Zuckerberg announced a new social advertising system called Beacon. That’s the simplest thing we could do. i2hub focused on peer-to-peer file sharing.

[33] In May 2010.[30] At the hearing the judge told ConnectU that parts of the complaint were deficient and gave them leave to file an amended complaint. his parents' home address.[34] Since the time of the settlement. but the judge ruled in favor of 02138. It named among the defendants ConnectU.[36] Pakistan criminal investigation In June 2010. the case settled and Facebook agreed to transfer over 1. an alleged partnership between ConnectU and i2hub. which would put the value of the settlement at $120 million. Facebook countersued in regards to Social Butterfly. confidential court documents were posted on the website of 02138.[34] The founders were under the impression they were worth $45 million. Divya Narendra.wrote a blog post on Facebook [28] taking responsibility for the concerns about Beacon and offering an easier way for users to opt out of the service.[29] They filed a lawsuit in 2004 but it was dismissed on a technicality on March 28. Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Azhar Sidiqque of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan launched a criminal investigation into Zuckerberg and Facebook co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes after a "Draw Muhammad" contest was hosted on Facebook. Cameron Winklevoss. Facebook filed to have the documents removed.2 million common shares and pay $20 million in cash. the Winklevoss brothers plan to sue Facebook again based on allegations that Facebook misled them as to the valuation of the settlement.[34] The effect was that the shares given to the founders as part of the settlement were worth 75% less than Facebook had led them to believe. 2008.[35] In November (later called ConnectU). the stock has been trading for $76 per share on secondary markets. Tyler Winklevoss. [35] According to one report. It was refiled soon thereafter in federal court in Boston. 2007. and a hearing was scheduled for July 25. The . a project put out by The Winklevoss Chang Group. ConnectU lawsuits Main article: ConnectU Harvard students Cameron Winklevoss. and the overall cash-and-stock deal worth 50% less. 2007. and Wayne Chang. and his girlfriend's address. that understanding was based on a valuation of preferred shares. [32] On June 25.[31] The parties reached a confidential settlement agreement in February 2008. founder of i2hub. [34] However. a magazine that catered to Harvard alumni. whereas the founders had only received common shares. to address Zuckerberg's motion to dismiss. and Divya Narendra accused Zuckerberg of intentionally making them believe he would help them build a social network called HarvardConnection. They included Zuckerberg's social security number. it was reported that the ConnectU founders were accusing Zuckerberg of securities fraud for misrepresenting the value of the shares. Tyler Winklevoss.

"[46] Also. he stated that he wanted to establish himself as a "good guy". Sidiqque asked the country's police to contact Interpol to have Zuckerberg and the three others arrested for blasphemy. until website completion. According to Ceglia.[39] In an interview with ABC World News. filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg. Judge Thomas Brown issued arestraining order on all financial transfers concerning ownership of Facebook until further notice. Paul Ceglia. Zuckerberg the was developing of other projects but did at the not time. he responded.investigation also named the anonymous German woman who created the contest. 2004. 2010. in response. New York. Zuckerberg stated he was confident of never signing such an agreement. as well as an additional 1% interest in the business per day after January 1. According to Facebook. After Zuckerberg was told about the film. name thefacebook. Sidiqque also asked its United Nations representative to raise the issue with the United Nations General Assembly. 2010. On May 19.000 entitled Ceglia to 50% of the website's revenue. "I just wished that nobody made a movie of me while I was still alive. Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt told a reporter that Ceglia's counsel had unsuccessfully attempted to seek an out-of-court settlement. register among the which domain was Facemash. until January 1.[47] . after the film's script was leaked on the Internet and it was apparent that the film would not portray Zuckerberg in a wholly positive light.[40][41][42][43][44][45] Depictions in media The Social Network Main article: The Social Network A movie based on Zuckerberg and the founding years of Facebook. Facebook's website was temporarily blocked in Pakistan until Facebook removed the contest from its website at the end of May. he and Zuckerberg signed a contract on April 28. 2004. and starsJesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg. At the time. Facebook management dismissed the lawsuit as "completely frivolous".[37][38] Paul Ceglia Main article: Paul Ceglia On June 30. 2003 that for an initial fee of $1. the injunction would not affect their business but lacked any legal basis. Facebook removed the case tofederal court and asked that the state court injunction be dissolved. claiming 84% ownership of Facebook and seeking monetary damages. the owner of a wood pellet fuel company in Allegany County. predecessor Facebook. was released on October 1. No formal charges have been filed against Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg worked for Ceglia as a code developer on a project named "StreetFax". called The Social Network.

the public school system of Newark.[3] Other depictions Zuckerberg plays himself in an episode of The Simpsons. Zuckerberg created Facebook to elevate his stature after not getting into any of the elite final clubs at Harvard. "Loan-a Lisa"." [53] Newark Mayor Cory A.[52] Critics noted the timing of the donation as being close to the release of The Social Network."[48] The film's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin told New York magazine. In the episode.[51] Andy Samberg played Zuckerberg.[53] . I didn’t want the press about 'The Social Network' movie to get conflated with the Newark project. Zuckerberg tells Lisa that you don't need to graduate from college to be wildly successful referencing Bill Gates and Richard Branson as examples.The Social Network is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. New Jersey. Lisa Simpson and her friend Nelson encounter Zuckerberg at an entrepreneurs' convention." adding. Yet Zuckerberg told The New Yorker he had no interest in joining the final clubs. which the book's publicist once described as "big juicy fun" rather than "reportage. I want it to be to storytelling. and can we not have the true be the enemy of the good?"[49] According to Sorkin's script."[23] On September 22.[50] On October 9. 2010. "What is the big deal about accuracy purely for accuracy’s sake.[53][54] Zuckerberg responded to the criticism. I was thinking about doing this anonymously just so that the two things could be kept separate. which originally aired on October 3. The real Zuckerberg was reported to have been amused: "I thought this was funny. "The thing that I was most sensitive about with the movie timing was. it was reported that Zuckerberg had arranged to donate $100 million to Newark Public Schools. saying. a film that paints a somewhat negative portrait of Zuckerberg. Booker stated that he and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had to convince Zuckerberg's team not to make the donation anonymously. 2010. "I don’t want my fidelity to be to the truth." Philanthropy Zuckerberg donated an undisclosed amount to Diaspora which is an open-source personal web server that implements a distributed social networking service. 2010. Saturday Night Live lampooned Zuckerberg and Facebook. He called it a "cool idea.

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