Mark Zuckerberg really doesn't care all that much for Silicon Valley

Facebook founder says he'd stay in Boston "if I were starting now"


Well, no one said a CEO always has to make sense.

In an interview over the weekend at Y Combinator's Startup School, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg laments his decision to relocate to Silicon Valley from Massachusetts to launch the social networking company.

"If I were starting now I would do things very differently," Zuckerberg said. "You get this feeling when you are out here in the Silicon Valley that you have to be out here."

Zuck acknowledged that Silicon Valley has an abundance of critical resources for tech start-ups -- particularly engineering talent and VC money -- but he's troubled by the short-term focus that dominates the Valley tech mindset.

"There's a culture out here where people don't commit to doing things," said the Harvard dropout. "I feel like a lot of companies that have built outside of Silicon Valley I just think seem to be on a longer-term cadence than the ones in Silicon Valley, for some reason."

Now that he mentions it, IBM in White Plains, N.Y., and Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., come to mind.

"You don't have to move out here to do this," Zuck said. "If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston."

Entirely incongruent thought coming up!

However, Zuck said, "Facebook would not have worked if I had stayed in Boston."

It's still not too late to walk away from the avaricious culture of Silicon Valley, return to Cambridge, get that degree, and make something of yourself, young man. You can do it!

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