Billionaires business guru and founder of largest online social networking platformFacebook, Mark Zuckerberg was live in Lagos, Nigeria. The tech guru was previous in Rome,Italy where he meet Pope Francis and also did a few “ touristy ” things.
According to report, says that Mark Zuckerberg was at the CoCreation Hub, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria, where he did some questions and answers with some key players in the Nigerian tech ecosystem.
However, there is speculation surrounding his surprise visits to Nigeria, First, the FreeBasics internet browsing launched in Nigeria weeks ago, and also Mark is here to show support for the Jobberman team. The second reason might be that of Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative invested $24 million in Andela, weeks ago. In another news, the Facebook’s developer workshop is happening tomorrow, and also Facebook is partnering with Cool Link to launch Express Wifi in Lagos some time this week.
In fact Mark used one hand to kill all these birds – visit Jobberman, the Andela team he’s invested in, attend the developer workshop, launch Express Wifi AND have policy-centred conversations with the Nigerian government to further Facebook’s cause.
Here are what we learnt during the Mark Zuckerberg Question and Answers Section with key players in Nigeria tech ecosystem.
(1) “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.”
No, he is not encouraging those with a penchant for breaking stuff in the anger to carry on doing so as if it is normal behaviour. It is not! He is basically saying, challenge the norm; don’t acknowledge limitations or in Naija lingo Never ever stay in your lane. Forge new tracks for your own lane.
(2) “The question I ask myself like almost every day is, ‘Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?’”
Valid question. Are you? No, not Mark Zuckerberg; we know he’s pretty much figured that out. Are you dear reader, doing the most important thing you could be doing with your life, your abilities, your passions for yourself and society? Wait. Don’t answer just yet- think on these things.
(3) “People don’t care about what you say; they care about what you build.”
He said it, not I. Actions speak louder than words. You cannot keep mouthing off with no evidence to show for it. Take time to build; invest in the foundation of your building, your systems, your relationships. A house built upon the sand will crumble.
(4) “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.”
There is nothing else to add. Res ipsa loquitur
(5) “Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services.”
Perspective. Perspective. Perspective. Think, why do you do what you do? Why are you in business? To make profit, to solve problems, make a difference, what? Let your motive be right.
(6) “I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.”
Thank you, O Wise One. People, when a dozen projects are dropped in your lap with an impossible timeline, MZ says start with what’s easier. If you begin a Start-up, and a million things are calling for your attention at the same time, the trick: do what’s easier first.
(7) “The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete.”
Innovate. Create. Try new things. Stay ahead of the curve. Stay ahead of the competition. That’s how electricity was discovered. It’s how the internet came to be. It’s how dronesand other new technology were made. Believe in your crazy ideas.
(8) “We look for people who are passionate about something. In a way, it almost doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about.”
Passion is the fuel that drives the mission. Find your passion and plug it into something.
(9) “You are better off trying something and having it not work and learning from that than not doing anything at all.”
Loose the fear of failure. It’s a noose around your neck. Do it afraid.
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