Mark Zuckerberg: Entrepreneurs Should Do Something They Care About

August 16, 2016

7:00 pm

Mark Zuckerberg is the most powerful person to have ever lived. Sure, he acts coy about it, but he holds immense power over the knowledge of the entire developed world.

If you’d enjoy watching him get coy about that power while sharing entertaining stories about the pizza he ate on the day that he created Facebook, look no farther. Here he is, in an interview with Y Combinator president Sam Altman, doing just that.

The whole interview with Mark Zuckerberg is pretty entertaining, but one interchange holds some knowledge that any young startup founder or entrepreneur can learn from: Don’t chase fame, just do what you love.

Sam: So you were 19 when you started Facebook. One question we hear a lot at Y Combinator is, “I’m 19 today. I really want to do whatever I can to make the world better. What should I do?”

Mark: I always think that the most important thing that entrepreneurs should do is pick something they care about, work on it, but don’t actually commit to turning it into a company until it’s working, and I think that, if you look at the data of the very best companies that have gotten built, I think a tremendous percent of them have been built that way and not from people who decided upfront that they wanted to start a company because you just get locked into some local minimum a lot of the time. A local maximum, sorry.

Check out the rest of the interview with Mark Zuckerberg for tips on how to evolve a business or the challenges that a connected world could tackle.

Image: Flickr / Alessio Jacona

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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