#USA Mark Zuckerberg goes from cutthroat coder to friendly, enthusiastic dad




Like many who met Mark Zuckerberg in the first years of Facebook, Reid Hoffman initially thought the founder was incredibly smart, but not necessarily the most outgoing or natural chief executive

“My first impression of Mark was a quiet, perhaps introverted super-intelligent college student with a great sense of technical products,” recalls Hoffman, the creator of LinkedIn and one of the earliest investors in Facebook. As for his thoughts at the time on Zuckerberg’s leadership skills, Hoffman says simply, “Just unknown; essentially no data.”

The data, to borrow Hoffman’s term, trickled in as Facebook grew over the years. Zuckerberg proved himself to be a technology visionary with outsized confidence. He ignored calls to sell Facebook early for upwards of $1 billion and guided the young social network past the smoldering wreckage of MySpace and Friendster and into fierce competition with the industry’s biggest names. Read more…

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