facebook does not hire old people

i just read a story on venturebeat about ‘start-up advice for entrepreneurs’ from y combinator start-up school.

mark zuckerberg states the following:


“I want to stress the importance of being young and technical,” he stated. If you want to found a successful company, you should only hire young people with technical expertise.

“Young people are just smarter,” he said with a straight face. “Why are most chess masters under 30?” he asked. “I don’t know,” he answered. “Young people just have simpler lives. We may not own a car. We may not have family.” In the absence of those distractions, he says, you can focus on big ideologies. He added, “I only own a mattress.” Later: “Simplicity in life allows you to focus on what’s important.”

i am not saying he is totally correct but there is some truth in that statement. the younger you are the more you believe you can change the world and that nothing or no one can stop you. also you put your life into whatever it is your doing/developing at that time. i speak from personal experience on this one…like zuckerberg i own nothing and sleep on air mattress. i have to say having nothing else to think about but ‘ digital innovation’ and when the next season of entourage start does keep me focused.

see full story here



5 Responses to “facebook does not hire old people”

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  2. jose Says:

    What do you think would marx would have to say about facebook? Just wondering.

  3. Rob Says:

    The only problem is Zuckerberg may get sued if he crosses the wrong person. What he’s proposing, if executed incorrectly, is called discrimination. As for the air mattress thing, been there done that, and though there is something to be said for it (read: able to passionately work till the wee hours of the night), don’t knock old age till you’ve tried it. You, as well as Mark, will be here looking down at the naivete of the youngins before you know it 🙂

  4. Roy72 Says:

    The sacred bond with the effort and reward must never ever be broken. ,

  5. Settor31 Says:

    Brown is totally hopeless – the sooner he is gone the better. ,

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