Remember when Mark Zuckerberg was a nerdy Harvard student who stalked college girls online and had questionable taste in footwear? Well, things have changed. Namely, the billionaires suggestions of world domination and latest plans to cure all disease by the end of the 21st-century.
Facebook recently posted earnings of 77 cents per share on revenue of about $5.38 billion and 1.65 billion monthly active users while companies like Twitter and Apple posted disappointing revenues. Zuckerberg’s response to the success was to sell investors on Facebook’s long-shot investments in the future.
“Personally, there is another element to this. While helping to connect world will always be the important thing that I do, there are more global challenges that I also feel the responsibility to help solve, to create a better world for my daughter and all future generations. Things like helping to cure all disease by the end of the century, upgrading our educational system so it’s personalised for each student, and protecting our environment from climate change,” he said.
It all comes back to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability company the couple introduced at the end of last year founded to invest in business, charities and organisations to ultimately change the world for the better.
“We’re focused not on what Facebook is, but what it can be and what it needs to be, and that means doing bold things,” he said. “A lot of what we’re building today in areas like connectivity, artificial intelligence and virtual augmented reality may not pay off for years, but they’re important to our mission of connecting the world.”
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