Today I was happy to be in Provo, Utah. Despite the steady snowfall and the coldness Provo had, a basketball team that played amazing in the sweet sixteen, a Jimmer, and now we’re graced with the presence of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook. Today Mark Zuckerberg and US Senator, Orrin Hatch discussed technology in the Brigham Young University Marriott Center, and I was able to attend.
Today’s Q&A was the first time Zuckerberg had ever visited and talked to a University and BYU was very grateful for the opportunity. Orrin Hatch led the discussion, reading questions for Zuckerberg from BYU students and questioning him. Although Orrin hatch was a delightful host, Zuckerberg got a little flustered at times and really took the opportunity to turn the tables around and discuss the same topics with Orrin Hatch, to see point of view.
The topic of technology and government relations to it was of apparent interest to both the gentlemen. Orrin Hatch commended Zuckerberg in his work explaining that he was not for the idea of government regulations of the internet because he much preferred the keeping up of innovations, just as Zuckerberg has so brilliantly succeeded in doing. Similarly, Zuckerberg himself mentioned how he pictured Facebook to be an environment that invites others to innovate and create new apps and such to add.
Although he hasn’t finished college himself, Zuckerberg stressed the importance of using the internet to enhance traditional styles of learning, even sharing other philanthropic ways he was planning on helping education. When asked his own thought about education and the internet Hatch mentioned we should just listen to what Zuckerberg had said and we would be fine.
Mark Zuckerberg was asked what his company looked for in future employees. So, if you are looking to work for Facebook here’s what you need to know: Have a passion for something!
Zuckerberg stressed the importance in having a passion for whatever you do, whether you are starting your own business or you are preparing to join another. He wanted employees who “ don’t get put into roles, [but rather] they create them for themselves.” Being in that Marriott Center it was apparent that Zuckerberg had and has that driving passion for Facebook. It is no wonder why his company has amounted to what is has today.
I commend Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in their work, which has changed the world on both personal and business levels, for making popular Social Media Marketing Companies, connecting people in fighting countries, and for just making it easy for me to talk to my Elementary School classmates.