Mark Zuckerberg is A Nice Guy

Posted by: Catherine Holahan on March 9, 2008

I know. I know. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is supposed to be this arrogant braniac. One would assume he’d have to be in order to have the cojones needed to run a $15 billion company at age-23. In fact, seeing him on stage at prior Facebook media events, confidently discussing an advertising future that leaves much of old media behind, I thought he was a bit over-confident myself.

I was wrong. I had drinks with Zuckerberg and BusinessWeek columnist Sarah Lacy last night in the Hilton Hotel lobby. (The cool Hilton across from the Convention Center as opposed to the less cool Hilton a couple blocks away. Here in Austin, how far you have to walk to the Convention Center is a matter of status… My hotel is about a mile away. Maybe more.)

Zuckerberg struck me as shy and self-effacing. He has a refreshingly casual demeanor that matched the jeans and zip up sweater he was wearing. Though he didn’t drink, he joked about being a bit awkward on stage and smiled often. He was downright likable. A very nice guy.

Reader Comments

JimG

March 10, 2008 8:31 AM

Aw, shucks. What red-blooded 23-year-old male wouldn't make nice with two attractive ladies from the world's leading business magazine over alcohol? Does this make Mark Zuckerberg a nice a guy? No, it makes him a guy, period.

vic marcus

March 11, 2008 1:10 PM

Amazing! Duh, the bar is lowered once again in America and we have one more thing to be proud of - responsible and intelligent reporting! So, she says, "I made a mistake of covering a developer's conference." What was she doing there in the first place? I know ... I know ... I know... could it be the opportunity to promote her book, or maybe BW, or maybe it was SELF PROMOTION? Ah, yes, that could be it. It must be the little miss Sarah "thing." Further exacerbating the scenario with "seriously screw all you guys" to the lynching crowd that had demanded her head. She became poetic again with further level-lowereing self-endorsement on YouTube, using the droning vernacular catch-all for today's deep thinking individuals,"... it was pretty f___d up!" Shame on you, little miss Sarah; your mommy and BW should wash out your mouth with soap. How did she get where she is? BW needs some good ol' fashioneed soul searching in in what appears to be many issues, not the least of which is "Image Building 101," because it ain't the young lady's fault - it's the management stupid!

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