Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is at it again, speaking Chinese

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

20 books Mark Zuckerberg thinks everyone should read.

The Facebook CEO — whose product is still blocked by Chinese censors — has been studying the language for about five years now, perhaps in the hope of boosting his company’s business prospects on the mainland.”Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today,” Zuckerberg wrote on his personal Facebook page. “I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.” “Why Nations Fail” is an overview of 15 years of research by MIT economist Daren Acemoglu and Harvard political scientist James Robinson, and was first published in 2012.

Instead of rush to make quick money, young entrepreneurs should focus on having a strong sense of mission when starting a business, said Mark Zuckerberg in his speech at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, as the Facebook founder and CEO tries to expand his business into the world’s largest Internet market. The authors argue that “extractive governments” use controls to enforce the power of a select few, while “inclusive governments” create open markets that allow citizens to spend and invest money freely, and that economic growth does not always indicate the long-term health of a country. Zuckerberg, who was appointed to the advisory board of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management last October, gave a speech entirely in Mandarin at a student dialogue event at the university on Saturday, which immediately generated a buzz among Chinese netizens who praised him for his fast-improving Mandarin Chinese skills. “When you have a mission, it helps you focus,” said Zuckerberg, who first impressed the world with his language skills last October when he conducted a short question and answer session in Mandarin at Tsinghua University.

Right after his first formal speech at Tsinghua on Saturday, Zuckerberg posted a video of his 20-minute long speech on Facebook, accompanied by a post detailing his experience. “This was also my first real speech in any language sharing how I started thinking about Facebook’s mission, what has kept me going through challenging times and what our mission means now looking ahead for our community of 1.5 billion people.” In Zuckerberg’s speech, he shared that he did not start Facebook as a business. Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, addressed students in heavily accented Mandarin and shared the now-familiar story of how he started his company on Harvard University’s campus. “Some people say, ‘Maybe it works in the U.S., but it won’t work internationally,’” he said. “But we kept going, and we expanded internationally.” He attributed his company’s success to his strategy of putting people first, adding that Chinese companies like Alibaba and Xiaomi were doing the same. “There were so many websites on the Internet, and you could find almost everything — news, music, books, things to buy — but there was no service to help us find the most important thing to our lives: people,” he said of creating Facebook in 2004. “I now see the same stories when I look at Chinese companies like Alibaba and Xiaomi.” Internet companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been blocked in China since 2009. Zuckerberg’s previous efforts, while impressive for someone not living in China and coping with the demands of running a multi-billion dollar public company, were described as being akin to a seven-year-old child. In it, he argues that the concept of markets is the source of human progress, and that progress is accelerated when they are kept as free as possible.

But they are eager to gain access to the world’s most populous country, which has had a sharp increase in Internet users despite widespread censorship. The resulting evolution of ideas will consistently allow humankind to improve its living conditions, despite the threats of climate change and overpopulation.

But he added that one billion — roughly China’s population — was just “a number,” and that the company’s real ambition was to connect everyone in the world. “There is a good Chinese saying, which says that if you work at it hard enough, you can grind an iron bar into a needle,” he said. “If you keep working hard, you will change the world.” Indeed, Mr. I’m not a Chinese speaker myself, but I talked to a number of people who are and the general consensus is that Zuckerberg’s progress is impressive — in particular his vocabulary is wide-ranging given his stage of learning — but his tones need some work.

Zuck isn’t about to step into a Chinese boardroom soon, if he could, but the fact that he can find the time to become suitably proficient with a challenging language like Chinese will give other would-be language learners a boost in their own quest. Many native-English speakers appear impressed with Zuckerberg’s pursuit of Chinese, though native-Mandarin speakers say he still has a ways to go, particularly on pronunciation. “This is great. Researchers Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, and Orlanda Ruthven spent 10 years studying the financial lives of the lowest classes of Bangladesh, India, and South Africa.

The entrepreneur’s determination to master Mandarin has also be regarded by pundits as an effort towards softening China’s stance against the social media giant. Given the Chinese government’s increased crackdown on methods for climbing its Great Firewall internet censorship system, I wonder what VPN Facebook’s CEO uses to get Facebook to work in China? When you use another language to reach a new audience, it helps ideas to transcend cultural boundaries in a way that a translation tends not to do,” wrote one Facebook user, Christa J. A fundamental finding that they include in “Portfolios of the Poor” is that extreme poverty flourishes in areas not where people live dollar to dollar or where poor purchasing decisions are widespread, but instead is where they lack access to financial institutions to store their money. “It’s mind-blowing that almost half the world — almost 3 billion people — live on $2.50 a day or less. The marked improvement in Zuckerberg’s Mandarin skills over the last year did not go unnoticed by Chinese netizens. “[Zuckerberg] has attained this level of speaking after learning Mandarin for just a year … it is obvious his achievements today are definitely not by chance,” said one user on Twitter-like Chinese microblogging platform Weibo.

Laser. “Very admirable!” But one commenter on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese social-media platform, said: “Thank God I’m bilingual, so when I failed to understand his Chinese I could read the English subtitles!” Another wrote: “It took me a while to understand his ‘ren’ (Chinese for ‘people’) and ‘shi ming’ (Chinese for mission). It’s set during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, and kicks off when an alien race decides to invade Earth after the Chinese government covertly sends a signal into space. At the end of June 2015, China has 667 million Internet users, representing about a fifth of global online users, according to statistics by China Internet Watch. The language is considered difficult because it has so many written characters, and because it relies in part on rising and falling tones that can change the meaning of words. It’s notable because it’s been reported to be indicative of a cultural shift in China, where rapid modernization and progress have captured the public’s imagination. “This book aims to tell a history of humanity from the perspective of genetics rather than sociology,” Zuckerberg writes. “This should complement the other broad histories I’ve read this year.” “The Muqaddimah,” which translates to “The Introduction,” was written in 1377 by the Islamic historian Khaldun.

It’s an attempt to strip away biases of historical records and find universal elements in the progression of humanity. “While much of what was believed then is now disproven after 700 more years of progress, it’s still very interesting to see what was understood at this time and the overall worldview when it’s all considered together,” Zuckerberg writes. Although Zuckerberg still gets tones incorrect and pauses in awkward places, his speaking ability has improved significantly compared with his Q&A session at the same university almost a year ago.

Alexander is a law professor at Ohio State University and civil rights advocate who argues in her book that the “war on drugs” has fostered a culture in which non-violent black males are overrepresented in prison, and then are treated as second-class citizens once they are freed. “I’ve been interested in learning about criminal justice reform for a while, and this book was highly recommended by several people I trust,” Zuckerberg writes. Zuckerberg launched his book club with this lofty title from Naim, former executive director of the World Bank and senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He spoke to Xi for about a minute. “On a personal note, this was the first time I’ve ever spoken with a world leader entirely in a foreign language. Catmull intersperses his narrative with valuable wisdom on management and entrepreneurialism, and argues that any company should consciously avoid hampering their employees’ natural creativity. But the writing is actually easy to get through, and he thinks that Pinker’s study of how violence has decreased over time despite being magnified by a 24-hour news cycle and social media is something that can offer a life-changing perspective.

Some Chinese “netizens” suggested learning a second language might be a smart soft approach for business leaders. “Zuckerberg might have set a new model for CEOs of other companies that cannot operate in China,” wrote one Weibo user. “ What are you waiting for, the CEO of Google?” Zuckerberg writes that he went with a sci-fi pick as a “change of pace.” The novel is also one of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s favorite books due to its entertaining way of exploring plausible advancements in technology. “The more we all have a voice to share our perspectives, the more empathy we have for each other and the more we respect each other’s rights,” Zuckerberg writes. LinkedIn, the professional social network, has been able to introduce a service in China by working with two well-connected Chinese venture capital firms and censoring sensitive content on its network within China. Since its initial publication in 1962, this look at the evolution of science and its effect on the modern world has become “one of the most cited academic books of all time,” according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Uber, which has experienced huge growth in use in China during the past year, has moved quickly to ensure all its customer data is stored within China to comply with regulations there. Zuckerberg thinks that being aware of how scientific breakthroughs are the catalysts for social progression can be a “force for social good.” Kuhn’s book is best known for introducing the phrase “paradigm shift,” representing instances in scientific history when a perspective was fundamentally shifted, like when quantum physics replaced Newtonian mechanics. The novel imagines a world in which citizens use the technology that once enslaved them to liberate themselves. “After seeing how history has actually played out, Huber’s fiction describes how tools like the internet benefit people and change society for the better,” Zuckerberg writes. But the choice of the venue, Tsinghua, a state university often nicknamed the M.I.T. of China, puts Facebook’s philosophy in front of a diverse audience, albeit one without much power to change policy. “Over all, I think Mark Zuckerberg’s speech has little substance,” Mr.

Originally published in 2006, “Energy” starts with a basic explanation of what energy is and then moves on to more complex subjects, including the quest to create more efficient and environmentally friendly fuels. Chwe’s idea may sound complicated, but it’s essentially a breakdown of the psychology behind people’s interactions with others in public settings, and how they use these communities and rituals to help form their own identities.

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