Facebook’s Hiring Policies

According to Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, while speaking at a recent conference on start-ups:

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He stepped on the stage wearing his trademark Adidas sandals (he bought ten pairs before they were discontinued).

“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.”

At 33, I’m apparently much too old to work for Facebook.

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