Letter From Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg famously took Facebook public May 18, 2012. The IPO was the biggest in technology and one of the biggest in Internet history, with a peak market capitalization of over $104 billion.

Here is a letter written by Mark that was included in the IPO documents. It includes the overall purpose behind Facebook, which was never intended to be a company, but rather a catalyst for social change.

Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected.

We think it’s important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what this mission means to us, how we make decisions and why we do the things we do. I will try to outline our approach in this letter.

At Facebook, we’re inspired by technologies that have revolutionized how people spread and consume information. We often talk about inventions like the printing press and the television — by simply making communication more efficient, they led to a complete transformation of many important parts of society. They gave more people a voice. They encouraged progress. They changed the way society was organized. They brought us closer together.

Today, our society has reached another tipping point. We live at a moment when the majority of people in the world have access to the internet or mobile phones — the raw tools necessary to start sharing what they’re thinking, feeling and doing with whomever they want. Facebook aspires to build the services that give people the power to share and help them once again transform many of our core institutions and industries.

There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future. The scale of the technology and infrastructure that must be built is unprecedented, and we believe this is the most important problem we can focus on.

We hope to strengthen how people relate to each other.

Even if our mission sounds big, it starts small — with the relationship between two people.

Personal relationships are the fundamental unit of our society. Relationships are how we discover new ideas, understand our world and ultimately derive long-term happiness.

At Facebook, we build tools to help people connect with the people they want and share what they want, and by doing this we are extending people’s capacity to build and maintain relationships.

People sharing more — even if just with their close friends or families — creates a more open culture and leads to a better understanding of the lives and perspectives of others. We believe that this creates a greater number of stronger relationships between people, and that it helps people get exposed to a greater number of diverse perspectives.

By helping people form these connections, we hope to rewire the way people spread and consume information. We think the world’s information infrastructure should resemble the social graph — a network built from the bottom up or peer-to-peer, rather than the monolithic, top-down structure that has existed to date. We also believe that giving people control over what they share is a fundamental principle of this rewiring.

We have already helped more than 800 million people map out more than 100 billion connections so far, and our goal is to help this rewiring accelerate.

We hope to improve how people connect to businesses and the economy.

We think a more open and connected world will help create a stronger economy with more authentic businesses that build better products and services.

As people share more, they have access to more opinions from the people they trust about the products and services they use. This makes it easier to discover the best products and improve the quality and efficiency of their lives.

– Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Means Never Being Alone

Sure, it’s fun to make fun of Facebook these days. What used to be the coolest social network on the planet has been taken a beating lately; even teenagers are talking smack. But Facebook is here to stay because deep down it provides lasting value to mankind. Curious what the redeeming qualities of Facebook are? See what Facebook means to special needs families to find out how Facebook is creating joy in peoples lives.

Never Be Alone

Facebook Scammers Trick Users Into Hacking Themselves

In a move that was sure to happen at some point, those who have made a habit of scamming other individuals on Facebook have now tricked users into hacking themselves.

This is, no doubt, designed to make a Facebook hacker’s job a little easier, but in reality, it has caused a security threat for users who are really only trying to protect their own accounts from hackers.  What happens is that a message will appear on your Timeline or in your email account, saying that you can hack anyone’s Facebook account in three steps.  The first step is to go to the page of the Facebook user you want to hack and right-click.  Select “Inspect Element” and an HTML editor will appear on the bottom half of your page.  The user is then instructed to copy and paste a string of code in the HTML coding that appears and is told that this code will grant them access into the account they are trying to hack.  In reality, though, the code has given the hacker access to the user’s own account.


This example of cross-site scripting is a significant vulnerability and can happen to anyone with a Facebook page, whether it is a user or a business.  It is also known as XSS, and although users may think it is a security threat that Facebook should consider fixing, the vulnerability goes beyond the social media site.  It is likely an issue that browsers themselves should work on.  Given the instructions can also come into email, it is quite likely a security threat that goes well beyond the social media site.

To combat the issue, Facebook has added Self-XSS to its list of security threats, but there are no plans to come up with any sort of a patch to alleviate the threat.  It has, however, cautioned users not to copy-paste any code from any user they are not familiar with.  This is good practice for any user; it is advice that is similar to not opening any *.exe files from unfamiliar sources.

However, this sort of security breach can happen unwittingly to anyone.  It is important to go online and be aware of the potential threats that lurk throughout the internet rather than going in blindly.  In addition, users who are not familiar with how to code in HTML should stay well away from instructions that dictate they should make use of their HTML editor.  If the instructions come from a friend, that friend should be informed their account has likely been hacked, and Facebook should also be notified of the breach.  Passwords should also be changed to avoid this sort of thing from happening.  It is, after all, your information on the line.

The Hacker’s Manifesto

Another one got caught today, it’s all over the papers. “Teenager Arrested In Computer Crime Scandal”, “Hacker Arrested After Bank Tampering”…

Damn kids. They’re all alike.

But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950’s technobrain ever take a look behind the eyes of the Hacker? Did you ever wonder what made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?

I am a Hacker, enter my world….

Mine is a world that begins with school… I’m smarter than most of the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me…

Damn underachiever. They’re all alike.

I made a discovery today. I found a comupter. Wait a second, this is cool. It does what I want it to. If it makes a mistake it’s because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn’t like me… Or feels threatened by me… Or thinks I’m a smart ass… Or doesn’t like teaching and shouldn’t be here…

Damn kid. All he does is play games. They’re all alike.

And then it happened… a door opened to a world… rushing through the phone line like heroin through an addict’s veins, an electronic pulse is sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencys is sought… a bored is found.

“This is it… this is where I belong…” I know everyone here… even if I’ve never met them, never talked to them, may never hear from them again… I know you all…

Damn kid. Tying up the phone line again. They’re all alike…

You bet your ass we’re all alike… we’ve been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak… the bits of meat that you did let slip were pre-chewed and tasteless. We’ve been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had somthing to teach found us willing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

This is our world now… the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of the service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn’t run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore… and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge, and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias… and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals.

Yes, I am a crimial. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something you will never forgive me for.

I am a Hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can’t stop us all. After all… we’re all alike.

Techstars Boulder 2016 Startups

Techstars is one of the most well known startup accelerators around. Each year they hold programs in cities across the world with the goal of helping young startups quickly develop their businesses, build their teams, and present to angel investors and venture capitalists in hopes of raising money.

Techstars was founded in Boulder, Colorado back in 2007. Each summer a new class is introduced. This year’s Techstars Boulder 2016 class will run from February 22, 2016 through May 18th, 2016.

Congratulations to the following Techstars Boulder 2016 startups for getting accepted, and good luck on demo day!


Piloting the revolution in businesses using drones.

Enabling insurance inspectors to fly drones to inspect buildings.

Location Boulder, Colorado
Website convergeindustries.com
Twitter @converge_co
Category 1 Hardware
Category 2 Drones
Category 3 B2B


Free And For Sale

The future of buying and selling.

Mobile marketplace to buy and sell used goods.

Location Boulder, Colorado
Website freeandforsale.com
Twitter @freeandforsale
Category 1 Software
Category 2 Marketplace
Category 3 Mobile

Free And For Sale


The #1 place to meet mindful singles.

Dating application and community connecting people interested in mindful living.

Location Denver, Colorado
Website meetmindful.com
Twitter @meetmindful
Category 1 Software
Category 2 Dating
Category 3 Yoga



Buy and sell bitcoin.

API enabling Bitcoin wallets to buy and sell Bitcoin directly from inside their wallet.

Location Denver, Colorado
Website bridge21inc.com
Twitter @bridge21inc
Category 1 Platform
Category 2 Bitcoin
Category 3 Marketplace



Sinfully fresh produce.

Fully automated digitally connected wall garden for growing herbs and vegetables in your home.

Location Denver, Colorado
Website edntech.com
Twitter @edntech
Category 1 Hardware
Category 2 Horticulture
Category 3 Growing


Orderly Health

My health. Simplified.

Helping consumers and companies understand their healthcare costs while recommending ways to save money.

Location Denver, Colorado
Website orderlyhealth.com
Twitter @orderlyhealth
Category 1 Software
Category 2 Healthcare
Category 3 Insurance

Orderly Health

Alchemy Learning

Build better communicators.

Communication skills training platform helping sales professionals and public speakers prepare for and practice presentations through virtual reality.

Location Baltimore, Maryland
Website alchemylearning.com
Twitter @alchemyhlearning
Category 1 Software
Category 2 VR
Category 3 Presentations

Alchemy Learning


Your source for online research help.

Genealogy marketplace connecting family researchers with experts around the globe.

Location Provo, Utah
Website ancestorcloud.com
Twitter @ancestorcloud
Category 1 Software
Category 2 Geneology
Category 3 Research

Ancestor Cloud


Powering conversations for the post-app era.

Empowers companies to create conversation-based applications using artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and messaging.

Location New York, New York
Website init.ai
Twitter @initdotai
Category 1 Platform
Category 2 Chat
Category 3 AI



Content delivery for agile developers.

Content Delivery Network delivering faster, more secure content that can be run in local development environments.

Location Sydney, Australia
Website section.io
Twitter @sectionio
Category 1 Platform
Category 2 CDN
Category 3 Networking



The easiest way to get a mortgage from great loan officers.

Connecting home buyers, realtors and lenders with tools to manage and streamline a home purchase.

Location Palo Alto, California
Website himaxwell.com
Twitter @ilovemaxwell
Category 1 Software
Category 2 Real Estate
Category 3 Mortgage


Login To 2016 With Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is primed to do very well in 2016. Facebook VP of Messaging Products David Marcus published a post today about the state of Facebook Messenger and the things to come in 2016.

The Messenger team is on a mission to make Facebook Messenger the best communication app in existence, but competition is heating up. Based on the progress Facebook made with Messenger in 2015, I’ll venture to say that 2016 will be a huge hear for Messenger.

Here are Facebook Messenger’s 2015 highlights:

  • 800 Million monthly active users
  • Features like messenger platform, send & receive money, and video calling introduced (any many more)
  • Overcame initial friction created when Facebook Messenger first launched as a standalone app

And here are the trends in 2016 Messenger hopes to benefit from:

  • The disappearance of the phone number
  • Threads are the new apps
  • We’re all social beings
  • Innovation matters
  • It’s all about delight

Check out the full article at the Facebook Newsroom for more details.

Facebook Friend Verifier a Welcome Arrival

With the number of teens that are logging onto Facebook on a regular basis, there are so many concerns about predators taking advantage of these innocents.  Facebook has stepped up to respond to these concerns with its new “Friend Verifier”.

The Friend Verifier goes through the teen’s friends’ list and sees if there is a connection with the National Sex Offender Registry.  This powerful tool can go a long way towards giving parents a bit of peace of mind, particularly as they watch their teens garner a friends’ list that runs several hundreds of people long.  Some parents recognize that the friends’ list is a popularity contest of sorts; it’s the concerns that everyone on the list can suddenly see each bit of information about these teens that sparks particular worry.

The Friend Verifier can be used by parents and kids alike so that they can check out the individuals on each other’s friends’ lists, and the results can cause some concern.  For instance, if the name turns up yellow after a scan, that just means the person has the same name as someone on the National Sex Offender Registry.  If the name comes up orange, the name and location is the same.  If the name comes up red, the name, location and date of birth are the same as someone on the National Sex Offender Registry.

Unfortunately, for Canadian users of Facebook, this is not much help.  However, teens in the States have already admitted to appreciating the extra safety and peace of mind this app offers.  At the very least, the app offers users the realization that their name may, indeed, match up with one on a National Sex Offender Registry.  In incorporating things like location as well, users of the Friend Verifier app can realize that perhaps not everyone on their friends’ list is as safe as they originally believed – or at the very least, there may be cause for concern.

To access the Friend Verifier:

Now, this does not mean that every scan should lead to immediate concerns, but it certainly has done a lot to increase awareness for those teens and parents who have previously believed themselves and their friends to be immune from the dangers of sex offenders.  This may or may not be good news for businesses as well; businesses should consider scanning their friends lists to consider just who may be accessing their business’ information.  Businesses, after all, may be equally exposed and vulnerable as teens.