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  • Stanford University.

  • >> I remember this one conversation right after I'd

  • launched the first version of Facebook at Harvard.

  • It was like, you know, this is great that we have

  • this community that now people can connect within our little school,.

  • But clearly one day someone is going to build this for the world.

  • So one of the big surprises for me looking back on

  • this ten years later is that it actually was us, you

  • know who, who kind of played some role in, in kind

  • of leading this and developing some of this infrastructure for the world.

  • I think a lot of this, what it just comes down to is like doing things that

  • you believe in and pushing really hard and

  • some number of those will end up working out.

  • I think that, that we sometimes say great entrepreneurs see the glass as half full

  • rather than half empty and they're willing to try to fix the rest of it.

  • And I think you gotta have that vision.

  • You gotta have that commitment.

  • So in this very tech centric world that's emerged here I found

  • it interesting to hear about your

  • interests in the humanities and the classics.

  • How do we think about their role and the importance of them in this world

  • where everybody wants to start the next Facebook

  • or the next Google or the next Snapchat?

  • >> I actually wasn't a Computer Science major, I was

  • a Psychology major and I just took mostly Computer Science classes.

  • You know, I think a lot of times interesting

  • work is done at the intersection between these disciplines.

  • >> Hm.

  • Right, so.

  • >> Absolutely.

  • >> You know, technology is a tool that you can use to solve different

  • problems but you know one of the things that I think you learn in

  • college is that often picking what problem to go try and solve is a

  • much bigger and more important challenge than even being able to solve the problem.

  • >> Facebook and the whole social media thing has been such a big part of

  • sort of the tech revolution of the last

  • decade or so since you've started the company.

  • If you look out ten, twenty years, what's going to be

  • the new, new thing ten or twenty years from now?

  • >> One of the things I think over a five or ten period will definitely exist is

  • just like the ability to ask more questions than

  • you can really reasonably ask a search engine today.

  • Something that we're pretty actively working

  • on, because we really want Facebook

  • and this whole kind of movement of social apps to not just be

  • about kind of sharing moments in the day to day, but also

  • like really utility and being able to learn and, and solve interesting problems.

  • There is only one university in the entire united

  • states where you can get a nerd nation T-shirt.

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  • Please join me in thanking Mark for spending his time with us.

  • >> Thank you.

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  • For more, please visit us at Stanford.edu.

Stanford University.

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Mark Zuckerberg in conversation with Stanford President John Hennessy

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