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Should Zuckerberg Be Married To His Wife Or Wall Street?

May 31, 2012 1:59 PM

Facebook has been deemed the biggest IPO flop in a decade. As the stock continues to tank, Mark Zuckerberg is in Europe enjoying his honeymoon with his new wife — and he is getting a ration of crap for not coming home and addressing the stock issue.

I think that judgment is a bunch of BS. Zuckerberg is doing exactly what he should be doing. He is making his family his #1 priority. He married Priscilla Chan a couple of weeks ago. He made it unequivocally clear in the letter he wrote in Facebook’s IPO prospectus that he wasn’t becoming Wall Street’s bitch when he stated:

  • Facebook will not pay any attention to short-term fluctuations in the stock price
  • Facebookers do not get up in the morning with a desire to “make money” — they wake up with a desire to build a great service
  • Facebook cares more about its “social mission” than its business

Zuckerberg is a CEO who lets his COO, Sheryl Sandberg, leave her office every day at 5:30 p.m. to have dinner with her kids. Sandberg has been quoted as saying:

“I walk out of this office every day at 5:30, so I’m home for dinner with my kids at 6:00, and interestingly, I’ve been doing that since I had kids. I did that when I was at Google, I did that here, and I would say it’s not until the last year, two years that I’m brave enough to talk about it publicly.”

I think Mark Zuckerberg should be applauded for continuing his honeymoon in spite of an apocalyptic situation with Facebook’s stock. The world would be a better place if more business leaders created and promoted a culture that puts people’s families ahead of business objectives. I admire his family values and unwavering conviction even more than I admire his business savvy.

What do you think? Should Zuckerberg continue his honeymoon or come back and deal with Facebook’s stock crisis?

Posted by Kel | in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Should Zuckerberg Be Married To His Wife Or Wall Street?”

  1. Carol Says:

    Honeymoon, hands down. Paying attention to his wife is what will ensure he will have one in the years to come, business or not.

  2. Kel Says:

    ha! true that carol.

  3. Geo Says:

    Well said Kel, I could not agree more.
    I had a boss once, founder of the company, who would boast his dedication to the business by saying how his kids are asleep when he leaves in the morning and asleep when he finally arrives at home at night… He was the first to arrive and the last to leave work.
    “Bravo to you, Dad of the year”, I would think to myself. Making choices like that make me question the choices this type of person will make in business.

  4. Kel Says:

    your old boss sounds like a dick, geo. i feel badly for his kids.

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