How did Steve Jobs have an impact on Facebook and it’s co-founder?

Steve Jobs (Apple) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

The first two names that come up when you search up: « famous mentor-mentee relationships » are Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Most entrepreneurs in a rough patch don’t have Jobs in their contact list but one of the few contemporaries in tech that Steve openly admired was Facebook’s founder. In “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, the Apple founder said that he admired Zuckerberg for not wanting to sell the company and instead keep working on what he started. In other words, Jobs saw a lot of himself in Zuckerberg: a young kid out to change the world.

I was very surprised to know that their relationship wasn’t based on hate or wanting to do better than the other, on the contrary, the two used to go for long afternoon walks around Palo Alto, and developed a strong friendship despite their business rivalry. They had very similar values and according to Zuckerberg, Jobs advised him on how to focus his company and build the right management team with people who had similar ideas as he did.

A screen shot of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page, commenting on the death of Steve Jobs.

« Early on in our history when things weren’t really going well–we had hit a tough patch and a lot of people wanted to buy Facebook–I went and I met with Steve Jobs, and he said that to reconnect with what I believed was the mission of the company, I should go visit this temple in India that he had gone to early in the evolution of Apple, when he was thinking about what he wanted his vision of the future to be »

Zuckerberg said, according to Business Insider

Zuckerberg visited the temple and traveled around India for a month. He saw how people in India connected with each other and it affirmed his sense of Facebook’s mission. 

Mark also developed a mentoring relationship with Washington Post chief executive Donald Graham: Graham taught Zuckerberg about running a company and Zuckerberg introduced Graham to the world of social media. They met when Facebook was still something being developed and Graham was so interested by his idea that he decided to invest $6 million into it. In 2007, Mark emailed Don and asked him if he could be his shadow: Graham agreed and invited him to attend executive meetings, explore the newsroom and attend an investor conference so he could be able ta take notes and become a better CEO.

Along the years his mentor list also included names like Bill Gates and Marc Andreessen.


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  1. Wow, really enjoyed reading your blog because I was not expecting the content. I have watched the movie The Social Media which is a movie about how Mark grinded throughout the years creating Facebook, but it never mentioned none of these mentors. I was especially surprised to learn that Jobs and Gates were both Zuckerberg’s mentors, do you not find it weird that two of the biggest rivals ever mentored the same student? How do you think Facebook would be like if Steve or Bill did not mentor Mark?

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