Meet the 2005 Mark Zuckerberg, not interested in Facebook World Domination (video)

Meet the 2005 Mark Zuckerberg, not interested in Facebook World Domination (video)

We’ve all heard of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. If you haven’t, you’ve clearly been hiding under a large rock buried way under ground. On mars. Or you may have heard of the movie – The Social Network, which is based upon Mark Zuckerberg. Course, you’ve most certainly heard of Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, rocking just over 700 million users around the world. To put that in perspective, that’s 11% of the entire worlds population, and 35% of the world’s online population (and we’d be willing to bet that most of those users are active).

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Facebook is the story of it’s meteoric rise to glory and world domination, as it is after all – the worlds second biggest site after Google (Facebook’s sworn nemesis). The video below depicts a 21 year old Mark Zuckerberg, in 2005 and just watching him here makes you think how different things were back then. The video is part of a 40 minute interview, but only 5 minutes have been released and we’d be extremely interested in seeing the interview in it’s entirety. 2005 most certainly does not depict the Mark we know and hear of today, sitting on the couch in his shorts, drinking out of a beer cup during the interview, but it’s a refreshing change to see the worlds youngest self made billionaire talk about his dreams for Facebook, and how happy he is that Facebook was popular in 800 colleges.

This was a Mark Zuckerberg not interested in World Domination, just simply getting Facebook into 2000 colleges. and when asked what was next the Facebook founder said, ”There doesn’t necessarily have to be more. A lot of people are focused on taking over the world or doing the biggest thing and getting the most users … There’s a level of service that we can provide when we’re a college network that we wouldn’t be able to provide if we went to other types of things.” Seriously Mark? What changed? We all know the answer to this one unfortunately. Watch the video below and see for yourselves.

It’s most interesting that Mark Zuckerberg made it into CNN’s 10 People Who Don’t Matter List in 2006. Quote:

In entrepreneurship, timing is everything. So we’ll give Zuckerberg credit for launching his online social directory for college students just as the social-networking craze was getting underway. He also built it right, quickly making Facebook one of the most popular social-networking sites on the Net. But there’s also something to be said for knowing when to take the money and run. Last spring, Facebook reportedly turned down a $750 million buyout offer, holding out instead for as much as $2 billion. Bad move. After selling itself to Rupert Murdoch’s Fox for $580 million last year, MySpace is now the Web’s second most popular website. Facebook is growing too – but given that MySpace has quickly grown into the industry’s 80-million-user gorilla, it’s hard to imagine who would pay billions for an also-ran.

This might be the biggest fail statement we have ever seen, and it amuses us as to how quickly and how much things changed in 5 years since then. Rejecting $750 million might have been the best move Facebook, and Mark Zuckerberg to that extent, has ever made. 80-million users on Myspace? Hardly anything to scoff at back then, but who actually uses Myspace now? That’s exactly our answer to CNN there.

Interesting times. We’ll be sure to let you know if that interview in it’s entirety ever comes out!

Source: Tech Crunch


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