1. “I made all kinds of mistakes[during early days of Facebook]. Anything you can think of. It was all trial and error. You cannot be afraid of making mistakes. What you should focus on is not which mistakes to avoid, but on what drives you. Focus on the good, as much as you can.”
2. “Throughout the process of building Facebook, there were lots of challenges and I felt felt like giving up. In the media there is a bias – that I built Facebook and Steve Jobs built Apple, but [truly] there were and are thousands of people involved.
A study has shown that companies that get started with more cofounders are likely to be more successful. Not all challenges can be overcome alone, hence, my co-workers kept me going.”
3. “I have seen some people, trying to start a company without figuring out what they want to do. All great companies started with people who cared about something. If you start working on something that you care for, and then turn it into a company, it’ll be more likely to do well, when taking off.
None of the people who built big companies thought that they would be as big as they ended up being. So my advice is focus on what you care about and not the decision to start a company.”
4. “The skills you learn in college are what will help you the most. Just keep doing what you want to and do not let people get in the way.”
5. “It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in the audience and listening to Bill Gates at Harvard. There was not one moment when I had a revelation that Facebook would be this big. I built the first version of Facebook because I wanted to connect to people in my school. Back then it didn’t even occur to me that one day the entire world would be using it. We just kept doing the next thing and people kept saying this is just a fad.”
6. Taj Mahal is even more awesome than the pictures. Unlike most monuments in the world which celebrate military victories, the Taj Mahal is unique because it is a monument of love.[For me], not being in the conference room was a change.”
7. There is a debate because countries are right now figuring out what net neutrality needs to be.There is a perception and some reports in media, that we are giving access to some platforms and preventing others, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth.
We lobby for net neutrality across the world, but at the same time, we continue to push for access. ‘Free Basics’ does not intend to harm anyone — neither the consumers nor the operators. Any developer who can stream low-data consuming content can be a part of the platform.
Some proponents of net neutrality say, that there should be no free access, but if a student who doesn’t have access to internet is given free access to do her homework, who is getting hurt there?
I’ll leave you a thought, that people who are pushing with the petitions already have access to the internet. We have a moral responsibility to look out for people who do not have the Internet… and make sure the rules don’t get twisted to hurt people who don’t have a voice.”
8. “With technology you can build super powers. What we are working on with Oculus is that we are allowing people to teleport.
People can be in completely different place but teleport and come together for an experience.
We can simulate gravity, you can play ping pong with a friend in space. Soon, you’ll be able to put on a headset and go anywhere in the world and that’ll be pretty good.”
9. “15 years ago, people used texts to share their experiences. Now it is videos that are animated and richer, but videos are still not end of line. They are still small screen and 2D, but people now want a medium where they can feel that you are right there in the particular scene.That is what virtual reality and augmented reality can do. It will evolve static 2D media into a 3D experience.
My wife and I are expecting a daughter. Traditionally people take photos of their baby taking first steps and send it to their families. I really hope, with virtual and augmented reality, I will be able to capture that experience for my parents and friends and make them feel as if they are there with us. That I think is going to be magical.”
10. “Our mission at Facebook is to connect everyone in the world.
India is the largest democracy. You cannot connect the world without connecting India. India also has so many users on Facebook and WhatsApp which is also part of our community. So, they are part of the people we want to connect.
India still has so many people without Internet access. Internet can provide, education, health information and access to job listings. So, the research has shown that for every 10 people who get access to the Internet, one new job is created and one person is lifted out of poverty. India has tremendous potential for that
Connecting people in India is one of the most important things we can do for the world. It is also about the ideas that people, students, entrepreneurs have here today that the world doesn’t have access to. So, people are robbed of opportunities. That’s why I care so deeply about it.”
This article has been adapted from the live stream by NDTV.
Last week, Letsintern.com was picked as the Impact Award Winner, in Facebook’s Internet.org Innovation Challenge, for providing a platform to students from tier 2-3 cities with internship opportunities by connecting them with small to medium sized businesses.