Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wisdom from Zuckerberg at Web 2.0 Summit 2010

I just spent over an hour watching Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle interview Mark Zuckerberg at the Web 2.0 Summit 2010. It was absolutely fascinating. Just watching Zuckerberg, it's so interesting to see how really smart the guy is. His eyes are so open, you can see the wheels turning in his head. But the interviewers are really smart, too, and asked great questions.

If you're an entrepreneur, it's worth the time to watch this interview, if only to hear Mark say over and over that the future will "come down to really excellent entrepreneurs with vision." Or "We'll get value proportional to what we put in." Hear Mark talk about the social graph and how that will be driving the future or how he believes in an open platform. He also pointed out that the technology industry is not a zero-sum game. Rather, there's plenty of uncharted territory where companies can build value, essentially expanding the map of possibilities.

He had another piece of really good advice -- focus on the couple of things that really matter. That's something all entrepreneurs need to keep in mind, if they want to be successful.

My favorite comments came from Battelle, however: "Facebook doesn't ask for permission. It asks for forgiveness." And "Fair is where you end up."

Here's the link. Take the time to listen.

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