There’s an ongoing and usually good natured ribbing that gets passed between the East Coast tech community and the larger one in Silicon Valley. With the caveat that this is a wholesale generalization, it usually consists of our West Coast brethren accusing people here in New York or Boston of being too focused on business models, revenue, and other “details” while the East Coast contingent lobbies back the notion that there is altogether too much Kool-aid being consumed out there in the Bay Area. All in good fun.
Which is why I was amused to read a comment in a recent article about the evolution of Mark Zuckerberg the manager that read, “I thought Mark was one in a million. Now I think Mark is maybe one in a trillion.”
The population of the world is approximately 6.8 billion today. If you make a deeply simplistic assumption that the population of the world turns over once every 25 years and don’t bother to account for population growth, a trillion people is about 147 “turns” of world population (of course if you actually did account for growth it’s actually quite a bit more than that, but I’m lazy today). 147 turns times 25 years is 3,675 years.
So basically this claim is that Mark Zuckerberg is the greatest entrepreneur (or manager, or leader) since 1,665 BC. Julius Caesar, Jesus, Alexander the Great (to say nothing of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Andy Grove or Jack Welch) clearly have nothing on Zuck. This is some hyperbole I think we can all get behind!