Mark Zuckerberg is a co-founder and CEO of Facebook. Zuckerberg is in charge of setting the overall direction and product strategy for Facebook. He leads the design of Facebook’s service and progress of its core technology and communications. He began this social network in 2004 with his roommates Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes and best friend Eduardo Saverin.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born in Dobbs Ferry, New York on May 14, 1984, and was raised in a well-educated family. At age 12, Zuckerberg had already found an interest in computers and technology. With Atari BASIC, he created “Zucknet,” a message program that his family used often within the household. He also created computer games just for fun. His friends would draw out the game ideas and he’d create them.
To encourage Mark's growing interest in computers, his parents hired David Newman, a private computer tutor, to work with Mark. David later told reporters that it was difficult to stay ahead of the prodigy, who began taking graduate courses at Mercy College around this same time.
Zuckerberg later enrolled into Phillips Exeter Academy, and showed talent in literature and fencing, but held his interest in computers and software.
After graduating from the preparatory school in 2002, Mark enrolled at Harvard University. By his sophomore year, he had developed a reputation as the go-to software developer on university grounds. During this time, Zuckerberg created a program called CourseMatch, which helped students choose their courses based on the course selections of other students. He also built the program Facemash, a website in which compared girls attending Harvard side-by-side and had the users vote on who was more attractive. Although the program was popular throughout campus, it was immediately shut down by the school administrators after being deemed unacceptable.
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