Mark Zuckerberg came to Lagos, Nigeria. What did he do there? Find out from this article!
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American programmer, Internet entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist. He is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and co-founder of social networking website Facebook. His net worth is estimated to be US$53.7 billion as of August 2016, ranking him as the 5th richest person in the world.
Together with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, he launched Facebook from Harvard's dormitory rooms. The group then introduced Facebook to other campuses. Facebook expanded rapidly, with one billion users by 2012. Zuckerberg was involved in various legal disputes that were initiated by others in the group, who claimed a share of the company based upon their involvement during the development phase of Facebook.
In December 2012, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced they would give the majority of their wealth over the course of their lives to "advancing human potential and promoting equality" in the spirit of The Giving Pledge. On December 1, 2015, they announced they would give 99% of their Facebook shares (worth about $45 billion at the time) to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Since 2010, Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year distinction.
Mark Zuckerberg is co-founder and CEO of the social-networking website Facebook, as well as one of the world's youngest billionaires.
Mark Zuckerberg came to Lagos, Nigeria in part to meet with Andela, a startup he's backing.
But he got a sense of the city from more than the tech workers he met with. On the way to his meeting, Zuckerberg walked the streets of Yaba, a neighborhood in Lagos.
Surrounded by cars in Yaba's busy streets, Zuckerberg made his way to Andela, a startup that recruits tech talent across Africa.
Andela has offices in Lagos, Nairobi, New York and San Francisco. He told Andela employees in Lagos that he came to their city because it was where "the future is going to get built."Andela has raised $41 million for its mission to provide tech companies with talent in Africa that otherwise might not be matched.
The company gets 30,000 applicants and has an acceptance rate of 0.6 percent for the positions it matches with tech companies. Its technical leadership fellows go through a six-month vetting process. So far, Andela has matched candidates with companies including Microsoft and IBM. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan's philanthropic venture,led Andela's
Series B round of funding, which raised $24 million in June. Andela was the recipient of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's first lead investment round.