Manufacturer
Agate
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URL Screenshot of http://www.a…3284100558650
Price
$10.95 ($6.58 Kindle edition)
Pros
Interesting collection of quotes all in one place and organized by topic.
Cons
Most, if not all, of the quotes can be found online
Summary
With more than a billion users, and chances are if you're reading this you are one of them, Facebook has changed the way people connect with each other. Thanks to the move 'The Social Network' the profile of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was raised out of the usual domain of business watchers and technology nerds into the mainstream. That script was written by others, not the man himself of course, and told a story from a dramatized Hollywood perspective. If you want to better understand the man behind the headlines, then you need to listen to what he says: you need to read Mark Zuckerberg in his own words...
Rating
7/10
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From college dropout to one of the world's youngest self-made billionaires, there is no doubting that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made quite an impression in his 28 years on this planet. But who is he really? You could go watch 'The Social Network' movie I guess, but all that does is tell you who he is through the eyes of a scriptwriter and the Hollywood machine. Better, you could trawl the Internet for biographies about and quotes from the man. The trouble with that approach is putting everything in some kind of context, coupled with filtering through all the half-truths, downright lies and inconsequential nonsense out there, takes both a lot of time and a fair amount of background understanding to start with. Best, then, to let someone else do the hard work and track down the relevant and insightful comments from the man himself, organize them by timeline and topic, put them into that context and top and tail them with biographical analysis. That's what George Beahm has done with his book 'The Boy Billionaire: Mark Zuckerberg In His Own Words'.

65694f059532b0a66095a1fe6d0ba89c Collecting nearly a decade's worth of quotations from Zuckerberg's speeches, interviews and writings on subjects including online social engagement, education, hacking culture, personal business strategies and even his views on that movie, this book is a triumph of the editor's art. I say that as a writer and editor, in the technology sector, with two decades of graft behind me. I know all too well how hard doing this stuff, and doing it well, actually is. And that's precisely what Beahm has accomplished, a job well done. It's no exaggeration to say that he has managed to superbly and succinctly capture the views of the Facebook CEO in an easily readable yet not dumbed down book.

The latest in a series of 'In Their Own Words' books which has seen the words of technology giants such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs get the insightful indexing treatment, The Boy Billionaire is nothing less than an authoritative portrait of the Time magazine 2010 Person of the Year. Whether your interest is the man himself, his business or the changing face of social communication you will not be disappointed by what you find. Sure, you could argue that everything in this book is unoriginal in as far as most of it being discoverable online or elsewhere in print, and that's true to up to a point. Much of the comment is, indeed, out there on the Internet but not all of it. Nor is all of it freely accessible as some will undoubtedly be hiding behind publication paywalls. Some may only be available if you have a print copy of the original publication, although I confess I have not bothered trying to track down every single quote to find out! You could argue that it represents bad value courtesy of the 'go Google' argument above, but I would say you are wrong. The value here lays with the contextualisation, the sorting, the collating of those quotes that together paint a recognisable portrait of Zuckerberg. George Beahm himself describes it as "culling quotations that form a portrait of him unadulterated by bias, second-guessing, and journalists' personal agendas". For less than five dollars you can get all of this in Kindle format for reading on the go, and for ten dollars you have a paperback version if you prefer. How's that bad value again, exactly?

Perhaps my favourite quotation from the book is in the 'starting out' section (reprinted with permission) as it gels with my own thoughts 100%: "There's this culture in the Valley of starting a company before they know what they want to do. You decided you want to start a company, but you don't know what you are passionate about yet... You need to do stuff you are passionate about. The companies that work are the ones that people really care about and have a vision for the world, so do something you like".

Edited by happygeek: unstuck

As Editorial Director and Managing Analyst with IT Security Thing I am putting more than two decades of consulting experience into providing opinionated insight regarding the security threat landscape for IT security professionals. As an Editorial Fellow with Dennis Publishing, I bring more than two decades of writing experience across the technology industry into publications such as Alphr, IT Pro and (in good old fashioned print) PC Pro. I also write for SC Magazine UK and Infosecurity, as well as The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Along the way I have been honoured with a Technology Journalist of the Year award, and three Information Security Journalist of the Year awards. Most humbling, though, was the Enigma Award for 'lifetime contribution to IT security journalism' bestowed on me in 2011.

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From college dropout to one of the world's youngest self-made billionaires, there is no doubting that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made quite an impression in his 28 years on this planet. But who is he really? You could go watch 'The Social Network' movie I guess, but all that does is tell you who he is through the eyes of a scriptwriter and the Hollywood machine. Better, you could trawl the Internet for biographies about and quotes from the man. The trouble with that approach is putting everything in some kind of context, coupled with filtering through all the half-truths, downright lies and inconsequential nonsense out there, takes both a lot of time and a fair amount of background understanding to start with. Best, then, to let someone else do the hard work and track down the relevant and insightful comments from the man himself, organize them by timeline and topic, put them into that context and top and tail them with biographical analysis. That's what George Beahm has done with his book 'The Boy Billionaire: Mark Zuckerberg In His Own Words'.

There's really nothing dramatic about Mark Zuckerberg life. Beside Facebook.

I don't see him have any business nemesis unlike Bill Gates and Steve Jobs (Their business relationship is the wierdist of all).

There has be a person that can compete with Mark Zuckerberg so he can start learning to have a better vision of how Facebook will become in 5 years not banking on people signing up.

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IT is reality that world is improveing with the passage of time in sicial realations .

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Good article of the Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and he is such a great personality in his young age.

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hi there
i am just wonder effective of buy like from face book should i do that or no

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Thanks Mark for developing Facebook, Because of Facebook my life is totally change i have no words, how facebook impact in my life

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Really interesting. I really admire the way Facebook has gain so much popularity and has increased its dollar value within few years.

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