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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Mark Zuckerburg

| September 14, 2010 | 20 Comments

We all know the story of the nerdy billionaire who allegedly screwed over his real friends on the way to making about 500 million new “friends.”  But The New Yorker has recently published an incredibly in depth article on Mark Zuckerberg just before movie producer Kevin Spacey can tell his side of the story.

Here are 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Mark Zuckerburg…

1. Zuckerburg lists his cell phone number on Facebook

A bold move for someone famous, but as he says he’s “trying to make the world a more open place”.  If he truly believes that it’s okay to give out this information online with all the privacy issues going on, he better be publishing his blood type and social security number on Facebook.

2. Zuckerburg’s childhood home was filled with computers

Just as Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule states, Zuckerberg, like Steve Jobs, grew up in an environment where computers were everywhere.  It’s no mistake that having geeky parents can lead to becoming the next titans of tech.

3. Zuckerberg was on AOL and Microsoft’s radar in High School long before Facebook.

Zuckerberg created a predecessor to Pandora in high school called Synapse.  Supposedly Microsoft wanted to buy it, but it wouldn’t be the first time that Zuckerberg turned them down.

4. Zuckerberg drives a black Acura TSX.

When asked why? Because it is “safe, comfortable, not ostentatious.”   Not that Zuckerberg has lots of liquidity in that billion dollar valuation but a TSX is no Ferrari.  Zuckerberg clearly isn’t doing this because of money as he’s walked away from the previous billion dollar offers.

5. Zuckerberg has found all his homes on Craigslist.

In fact, his current 4 bedroom home he rents is “too big.”  Besides, what does he use the other bedrooms for anyway?

6. Zuckerberg is colorblind.

Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind he found out a few years ago.  Blue is his strongest visual color–no wonder it’s everywhere on Facebook.

7. The words “A Mark Zuckerberg production” once appeared on every page on Facebook.

In the early days, Mark had these words as the footer on every single page on Facebook.  Talk about taking personal branding to the extreme; makes you wonder if Zuckerberg is afraid to sell because he’ll lose the power at Facebook.

8.  Zuckerberg is okay with you telling the world you are gay.

“I think Facebook might be the first place where a large number of people have come out,” he said. “We didn’t create that—society was generally ready for that.”  He went on, “I think this is just part of the general trend that we talked about, about society being more open, and I think that’s good.”

As Zuckerberg normally turns down these types of interviews this is clearly a last ditch PR effort for Facebook as the preceding months have been filled with negative hype about this geeky, ideal stealing billionaire before the Social Network comes out October 1.

What do you wish you knew about Zuckerberg? Leave a comment below and we’ll try to find out.

Article written by Matt Wilson co-founder of Under30CEO.com.  Follow him on Twitter @MattWilsontv as he urges young people to drop the 9-5 and get passionate about something!
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  • http://www.michaelgholmes.com Mike Holmes

    He lists his cell phone # on Facebook…wow! Have fun with that lol!

  • http://www.afmarcom.com/ Angelique

    Ummm…. where exactly IS this cell phone number? And how on earth would anyone get through to him? If I had it, I would immediately call him and say, “Why the #@!! are your computers rejecting saying they don’t recognize my brother’s email address when YOU JUST EMAILED HIM A CONFIRMATION CODE???” He would get calls like this 24/7 and the phone would be useless as, well, a phone.

    And what is so remarkable about a person of Zuckerberg’s age growing up in a house full of computers? You don’t have to have had “geeky” parents to be a 20-something who grew up with a computer in every room.

  • Saurabh Mukhi

    You have to admire someone who practices what he preaches. Clearly being open is not just a means to an end for Mark. I love the fact that he uses the open, social web for his purchases, no matter what it is.

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  • Usama

    A huge bonus for entrepreneurs if you grow up with computers around you, isn’t it? All the experience and experiments done in a very early age. And it paid off.

  • bruklyn

    ok, is his name with an E or a U? u start out spelling it one way and another towards the end…

  • mcvmccarty

    this should be called “8 things you couldn’t give a crap about”

  • Sammie Baker

    He does NOT share his cell on facebook. LIE.

  • CrimsonRush

    All of the critical statements shared here are the souce of some serious hate… get over it!  He is a genius  and you wish you were him and was spending his money.  Great job Mark!!!  To all others, you may now go back to posting on your most recent status update on Facebook!

  • http://privatestudentloan.org/ Abin Clane

    When you are rich and famous everyone just want to know more about you! Thanks for this funny, but entertaining info about a guy who didn’t even had to finish college and private student loan to succeed. I read an interesting article about him Check out the link.

  • Walalala

    it’s “Zuckerberg”

  • Sahu Rama12345

    he is my role model

  • i 69d ur mum

    what is mark’s number?

  • Fourthmolar

    Point 2— his dad is a dentist.. thn how come “an enviroment full of computers”???

  • Mamdna

    what is his phone number?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/last.chapter1 Last Chapta Ramzy

    dnt hate d player guys, hate the game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1487375335 George Brucato

    Mark is way too busy to be getting into conversations that dont either redirect the future…or project the future.
    When he turns 55 he may slow his brain down a bit and take a second breath. :-)
    A fellow thinker trying to get to him to discuss surpassing amazons annual sales within 2-3 years.
    G. Brucato
    Pahrump/Las Vegas

  • lexi

    Mark Zukerburg if i found you anywhere i will fuckyou because your facebook has a lot of fake IDs and you should closed them…My cock size is 9″.