Mark Zuckerberg announces visit to India
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is coming to India to host a Townhall Q&A at IIT-Delhi on October 28. Zuckerberg confirmed this news via a post on his Facebook page. This follows on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Facebook HQ, where he took part in a similar Q&A session just a month ago.
In the post, Zuckerberg noted that over 130 million people in India use Facebook, and that he’s looking forward to hearing from “one of our most active and engaged communities.” He’s also asked people to leave questions for the session, directly on the Facebook post, so if you want to know something you can head over and ask; or you could ‘like’ posts to vote for questions already being asked. Funnily enough, the most up-voted question at this point is one that’s asking Facebook to delete the game Candy Crush.
Uttarakhand’s Connect with Facebook
“India is personally very important to the history of our company here. This is a story that I have not told publicly and very few people know,” he said at the Facebook headquarters on September 27.
“Early on in our history, before things were really going well and we had hit a tough patch, and a lot of people wanted to buy Facebook and thought we should sell the company, I went and saw one of my mentors, Steve Jobs, and he told me that in order to reconnect with what I believed is the mission of the company, I should visit this temple that he had gone to in India early in his evolution of thinking about what he wanted Apple and his vision of the future to be,” he said.
“So I went and I traveled for almost a month and seeing the people, seeing how people connected, and having the opportunity to feel how much better the world could be if everyone had a stronger ability to connect, reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing. And that is something I have always remembered over the last ten years as we built Facebook,” Zuckerberg said.
The temple Jobs was talking about is Kainchi Dham Ashram in Nainital, Uttarakhand. He himself had visited the temple during the 1970s.