Today, Facebook Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, gives his commencement speech at Harvard University Graduation. 13 years ago, he decided to drop out from the university to start Facebook. His ‘risk taking’ decision turns out sweet. Facebook now is the 5th largest company in the world with valuation more than $450 billion. Facebook has almost 2 billion user. Messenger and Whatsapp, both owned by Facebook as well, has more than 1 billion user. Instagram, also owned by Facebook, grow up very fast as ‘hits’ social media with 700 million active user. He himself is the 5th richest man in the world with net worth around $60 billion.
The best statement from him today “(In 2004) There were all these big technology companies with resources. I just assumed one of them would do it. But this idea was so clear to us — that all people want to connect. So we just kept moving forward, day by day. I know a lot of you will have your own stories just like this. A change in the world that seems so clear you’re sure someone else will do it. But they won’t. You will.”
Today, I saw a lot of entrepreneurs come from millennials. John and Patrick Collison from Stripe, $10 billion online payment startup juggernaut, is only 26 and 28 this year. Evan Spielgel, Snapchat CEO, is only 26 years old this year.
They are still young enough yet they already affect and change a lot of people life. Your age doesn’t matter.
Back to zuck statement. I believe most of us millennials that want to pursue entrepreneurship but somehow worry about the future, since there are a lot of uncertainties. You think you have great ideas. You think you can change the world for the better. But somehow you doubt yourself, most of it because you think you are still too young. There are a lot of bigger players that can do this. There are a lot of more experienced people that will do this. But no, Zuck basically says ‘you should be the change you wish to see’
You don’t have to figure all of it to start. You just need to smart small. Then as a time goes by, you will learn more. Don’t fear change, since change is inevitable.