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Young Entrepreneurs (Part Four)

Can I possibly be expected to cover young, successful entrepreneurs without mentioning the infamous Mark Zuckerberg?  The man behind the multi-billion dollar site called Facebook? This is the story of the another man who made his dreams into a reality. This is the story behind Mark Zuckerberg.

So much leading up to the creation of Facebook helped Zuckerberg get into this position. It started in elementary school. He learned that the world is divided between programmers and users when he was ten, and  got his PC Quantex 486DX on the Intel 486 for the first time. His father taught him some Atari BASIC, which Zuckerberg used to “ZuckNet”, his own messenger. From there, his father hired a private tutor for computers. And that was only the beginning.

In high school, Zuckerberg turned down hundreds of IT companies looking to hire him. Instead, he wrote an artificially intelligent media player. He went off to study at a private preparatory school, at the Academy of Phillips Exeter. Despite having talents in other area like fencing, Zuckerberg continued to pursue his love for computers.

By his second year at Harvard, Zuckerberg was a known software developer on campus, which led to the creation of CourseMatch, which helped students choose their classes based on other users selections. Suffering from insomnia in 2003, Zuckerberg launched FaceMash. He had hacked the Harvard database, and randomly paired pictures of two females, allowing users to vote who is hotter. After some disciplinary actions, Zuckerberg teamed up with others on campus, creating Harvard Connection (aka ConnectU). In 2004, Zuckerberg launched Facebook.com, open only for Harvard, but later eventually opened up for Stanford, Yale and Columbia.

In 2005, Facebook was accessible by all individuals with an .edu domain, and Zuckerberg earned the interest of investors. However, he started receiving lawsuits from old partners, claiming Zuckerberg had stolen their idea for Facebook. Zuckerberg prevailed through these trials, and hit some luck. Facebook later Instagram, Oculus Rift, and WhatsApp, other social media platforms.

Today, Mark Zuckerberg is an inspiration to many. He speaks at many conventions and graduations. Not to mention that he is also within the top ten of four hundred for the richest people in the United States. It seems that devotion and creativity propelled Zuckerberg through years of learning and criticism. If he can do it, so can you.


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