A great article about Mark Zuckerburg's vision for Facebook for the next 20 years. The breadth of the ambition is staggering. I was particularly interested in the comment about one of his big regrets being that Facebook was too young in 2007 to have shaped the mobile phone ecosystem. The big bet is that, with Oculus, Facebook is at the forefront of the next major platform. Who would bet against him?
It’s easy to forget that when Facebook filed to go public on February 1, 2012, it was just a single website and an app that the experts weren’t sure could ever be profitable. Now, "1.5bn people use Facebook, 900m WhatsApp, 400m Instagram, 700m use Messenger, and 700m Groups. Zuckerberg is betting his company’s future on three major technology initiatives. One is developing advanced artificial intelligence that can help Facebook understand what matters to users. The second is virtual reality, in the form of Oculus VR, the groundbreaking company that Facebook acquired in March 2014 for $2 billion, which Zuckerberg believes will be the next major technology we use to interact with each other. And the third is bringing the Internet, including Facebook, of course, to the 4 billion–plus humans who aren’t yet connected