This Is What Happens When Nobody Shows Up To a Mark Zuckerberg Speech

Silence can be inspiring. It can also be incredibly awkward, as Mark Zuckerberg learned in his 2005 return to Harvard, where almost no one showed up to his lecture. Luckily, Zuck harnessed the awkwardness to make some fascinating points.

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It’s also an unpolished, uncensored version of Zuck that we just don’t see anymore.

Zuckerberg’s lecture was a part of Harvard’s introduction to computer science course, CS 50. At the time, very few students took the course. This academic year, just nine years later, CS 50 became the most popular Harvard course, with over 1,000 students. In addition, hundreds of thousand of others participate online via free video lectures.

Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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9 Responses

  1. Evgeny Rusak says:

    Gosh, I wish I were there:) Would have had a bunch of technical questions. It could have been really fascinating to understand and get familiar with all that nitty-gritty stuff they had overcome to grow to the extent they are now…

  2. Jim Balter says:

    So Zuckerberg didn't know any efficient graph algorithms?

  3. Aziz Mohamed says:

    Interesting talk.

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