It’s easy to forget that when the company filed to go public on February 1, 2012, it was just a single website and an app that the experts weren’t sure could ever be profitable.
Given the robust health of Facebook’s business, Zuckerberg is comfortable lavishing attention and resources on these visions.
Facebook gave If you see a photo of Zuckerberg in a suit and tie, the odds are high that he’s meeting with an international dignitary.
In September, he hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a town-hall forum on Facebook’s campus.
Increasingly, we’re just going to go more and more in this direction." To further grow these services and any others that Facebook develops or acquires, Zuckerberg is betting his company’s future on three major technology initiatives.
One is developing advanced artificial intelligence that can help Facebook understand what matters to users.
The second is virtual reality, in the form of Oculus VR, the groundbreaking company that Facebook acquired in March 2014 for billion, which Zuckerberg believes will be the next major technology we use to interact with each other.
And the third is bringing the Internet, including Facebook, of course, to the 4 billion–plus humans who aren’t yet connected, even if it requires flying a drone over a village and beaming data down via laser.
"Mark is fixing stuff." I’m killing time in the Frank Gehry–designed Building 20, whose signature feature is its soaring 434,000 square feet of open space, the latest addition to Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, California. As recently as 2012, the year Zuckerberg set a personal goal to code every day, that might have meant he had detected something glitchy on Facebook’s site and was reprogramming it himself.
A PR handler is explaining why CEO Mark Zuckerberg is running slightly behind schedule for our chat. When he emerges a few minutes later, unspecified stuff presumably fixed, we sit down on adjacent couches in a fishbowl conference room near his desk in Building 20, and Zuckerberg makes it clear that those days are gone.
"If we’re trying to build a world-class News Feed, and a world-class messaging product, and a world-class search product, and a world-class ad system, and invent virtual reality, and build drones, I can’t write every line of code," he tells me.
"I can’t write lines of code." The Facebook of today—and tomorrow—is far more expansive than it was just a few years ago.