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Mark Zuckerberg was not a programming prodigy

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg as we all know is the Co-founder and CEO of Facebook. He is worth almost $33.1 Billion and takes of a one dollar salary as a CEO. But, is facebook an idea of a childhood prodigy or just a normal yet smart guy.

So let’s check out what’s the reality.

How did Mark Zuckerberg train himself to be a programming prodigy?

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This answer was given by Mike Huges

Just because Mark started Facebook doesn’t mean he is a programming prodigy. Mark’s major was Pyschology so he wasn’t at Harvard as a CompSci prodigy. Back in 2004 building a CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) application in PHP/MySQL was fairly easy. I would bet if you had more insight into what people that seem to be amazing are really capable of, you would see that they are normal people with normal skills.

Facebook’s success (like many startups) is largely due to timing, solid product/market fit and a bit of luck. Those same rules apply to successful startups today, any of which could potentially be as big as Facebook. Where Mark made the right decision was surrounding himself with smart and talented people.

Long story short, if you want to get better at anything, hang around with the right people and work hard.

So let me add up something more- You don’t need to be a prodigy to be a great entrepreneur, you just need to have a great product, a bit of smartness and not to forget- a bit of management too.


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Harsh Songra

Chief Editor and Founder at The Time Ahead
He is the Chief Editor and Founder of The Time Ahead

Age 18, A nerd , A geek, Techno Savy, Web Designer and a god programmer.

He is a developer and has his apps on Google Play. Here he will provide you with his views on the latest news about the world of technology, business and science. He will also provide you with some how-to-do’s and walkthrough’s.
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