According to Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, while speaking at a recent conference on start-ups:
He stepped on the stage wearing his trademark Adidas sandals (he bought ten pairs before they were discontinued).
â€œI want to stress the importance of being young and technical,â€ he stated. If you want to found a successful company, you should only hire young people with technical expertise.
â€œYoung people are just smarter,â€ he said with a straight face. â€œWhy are most chess masters under 30?â€ he asked. â€œI donâ€™t know,â€ he answered. â€œYoung people just have simpler lives. We may not own a car. We may not have family.â€ In the absence of those distractions, he says, you can focus on big ideologies. He added, â€œI only own a mattress.â€ Later: â€œSimplicity in life allows you to focus on whatâ€™s important.â€
At 33, I’m apparently much too old to work for Facebook.