'Young People are Just Smarter,' Says Facebook CEO

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22-year-old Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to create the social networking phenomenon. Judging from his recent comments, Zuckerberg probably didn't attend any age discrimination or public relations classes during his short stay at the ivy league school.

Zuckerberg, in a recent event at Stanford University, has made it clear that he doesn't think experience is important; rather, it's being young that's an asset.

"I want to stress the importance of being young and technical," he said, explaining that start-ups should only employ the young and technologically-savvy. "Young people are just smarter. Why are most chess masters under 30?" he added. (Source: news.com)

Zuckerberg went on to say: "Young people just have simpler lives. We may not own a car. We may not have family. I only own a mattress." He explained that such distractions only get in the way of focusing on your ideas. "Simplicity in life allows you to focus on what's important." (Source: venturebeat.com)

While many may scoff at the Zuckerberg's comments, no one can deny the success of his creation. Facebook has over 18 million registered users, and the website logs over 30 billion page views each month. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The website's massive popularity has led analysts to predict that Facebook will rake in more than $100 million in revenue this year. The high cash stream has caused many companies to eye Facebook as a potential purchase. However, Zuckerberg has been reluctant to sell his creation, even refusing a $1 billion offer from Yahoo. Instead of selling it, Zuckerberg says that he will prefer to grow Facebook. (Source: bitsofnews.com)

Then again, if Zuckerberg sticks to his word, perhaps he won't want to hold onto Facebook forever. After all, he's not getting any younger.

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