Business: LinkedIn’s founder explains how Mark Zuckerberg transformed from an awkward kid to one of tech’s best CEOs

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LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman was an early
investor in Facebook, and has seen founder Mark Zuckerberg grow from a
kid looking for an investment and to a powerful peer in Silicon Valley.
Hoffman joined Business Insider’s podcast, “Success! How I Did It,” and
shared how Zuckerberg has evolved.

Reid Hoffman: One of the great delights in working
with Mark through kind of the early days to now is that Mark has
demonstrated literally the most spectacular learning and adaptation
curve that I’ve ever seen in a young entrepreneur to now, an experienced
and highly capable CEO. I am learning from a bunch of things that he
does. And it started with being kind of quiet, because I think he was
trying to figure things out, not particularly graceful in a meeting, to
being a very smart executive who understands principles of management,
and then continues to make bold bets that initially other people think
are kind of crazy, like buying WhatsApp, or Oculus. Oculus, we’ll see
we’re it plays out, but WhatsApp is clearly a massive bet that turns out
to be super smart. A number of people – myself included – thought that
the purchase of Instagram was sharp. But again, it was like “what, you
spent a billion dollars for a company that has 13 people in it and no
revenue?” That kind of thing is simply amazing. And I think the truth of
the matter is, a combination of Zuckerberg has an amazing learning
curve, and also has a true north, where he’s trying to say “how do I
make the world more connected, in a way that enables people to
understand each other better, to communicate better, to share
experiences better?” Because if we do that, overall the world will be a
better place.


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