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Mark Zuckerberg Press Conference at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

8 Nov

Today at 10:30 am, reporters and photographers from under 10 media outlets (including Glitzburgh!) attended a private press conference with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook.

The press conference was held on the patio outside of the Bill Gates Center for Computer Science on the Carnegie Mellon Campus in Oakland.

This is Zuckerberg’s first trip to Pittsburgh, and he said he that he liked it here. The brief press conference preceded a speaking engagement and recruiting session to be held later today for an invite-only audience of CMU students.

Though the event itself is closed to the public and to media, Zuckerberg — known to be a bit shy and introverted — entertained a few questions at this morning’s gathering, which, unfortunately, lasted for under a minute, during which time he was pleasant but seemed a little nervous.

“First time in Pittsburgh,” he started. “How’s it going?” Zuckerberg said. He first spoke to a member of the Tartan CMU student newspaper who asked how Carnegie Mellon got chosen as one of only 3 stops on Zuckerberg’s East Coast college tour, along with MIT and Harvard. “Well, we have a lot of Carnegie Mellon alums working for Facebook,” he said. “They’re actually some of our best engineers. So when we decided to organize this trip to go see a few colleges, Carnegie Mellon was at the top of our list. So, that’s why we’re here. It’s my first time, and I’m excited to be here!”

To stand out to Facebook, students should be, “really entrepreneurial folks, people who want to desire to have a big impact on the world, people who have the ability to look at 100 different problems at once and see, okay, this is the one that we really need to solve. Facebook, we serve a lot of users and customers, more than 800 million people around the world….but, the organization is really small. We just passed the 700 engineers, so each engineer at Facebook serves over a million users themselves. ” says Mr. Zuckerberg “We really look for people who desire to have a really big impact on the world, that’s really the most important thing we look for — that, and obviously really good technical skills.”

Mark Zuckerberg laughed when a reporter asked if he conducted the interviews himself. “We have a whole process at the company. We really value teamwork, as well, so it’s really important to us that the people coming through have the opportunity to talk to a variety of folks.” He says that potential interns and employees are tested on technical skills and ability to work as a team. They also look for people who align with their values which include making an impact and connecting people. Every one who joins the company goes through a unique boot camp period to become familiarized with just how Facebook works and to get people, “ramped up on the code.”  “Sometimes, I do interviews myself. I do not interview every single person, that’s just too many. But, for certain folks, I definitely drop in and talk to them.”

He concluded with the fact that CMU engineers are, “really smart” and “have a good work ethic” before waving to those of us in attendance and turning to leave.

Zuckerberg will tour the Carnegie Mellon campus before his speech and recruiting session this afternoon.

Dean of the Gates School of Computer Science, Randall Bryant, also spoke at the press conference. He shrugged off questions about a potential Facebook research center in Pittsburgh, and stated that media would not be attending the event today because it is solely for the recruitment of CMU students to work at Facebook.

In a press release issued earlier, Brant stated “we are very excited by the prospect of hosting a visit by Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has profoundly changed the nature of social interactions worldwide. Supporting these interactions requires massive information processing capabilities, for which Facebook has become a leader in advanced computing technology.

You can view video from the press conference on Glitzburgh’s YouTube Channel or below.

Also check out photos, below.

Enjoy! And welcome to Pittsburgh, Mr. Zuckerberg!

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