Rob Cox: Zuckerberg’s Chinese lessons are scalable

October 28, 2014

Bilingual CEOs should be the norm, not fuel for the kind of media frenzy that greeted the Facebook founder’s Q&A in Mandarin last week. Learning a foreign language doesn’t just help conquer new markets. It fosters risk-taking and new thinking, and helps eliminate biases.

Zuckerberg’s Chinese chat leaves CEOs tongue-tied

October 24, 2014

The Facebook founder surprised and delighted a Beijing audience by answering questions in Mandarin. His linguistic skills probably won’t make the social network any more welcome in the People’s Republic. But other corporate chiefs could learn from his efforts to friend China.

Mini-me tech bubble is mere shadow of 2000 excess

May 5, 2014

The run-up may have paused, but dozens of companies are in line to float, hubris is rampant, oddball metrics abound, and revenue-free startups are still worth fortunes. Even nerd culture has become hip. The latest internet boom is as absurd as the last, but it’s far smaller.

Facebook IPO features best and worst of capitalism

May 18, 2012

Execrable hype accompanies the entrepreneurial achievement. Poor governance, Silicon Valley cronyism, breathless pundits spewing misinformation, manic investors and bankers in hoodies are all on display. Yet the genius of capitalism is precisely its ability to harness excess.

One reason for Facebook IPO mess: Zuck didn’t care

May 23, 2012

From the get-go, Mark Zuckerberg made clear he had little interest in welcoming public shareholders. His voting advantage codified the fact. A strong CEO can temper short-term urges elsewhere. But when he’s indifferent, it makes a failed process like Facebook’s more likely.

Fake exclusive: Zuckerberg memo to Facebook staff

June 1, 2012

The social network’s CEO will soon return from an Italian honeymoon to find his troops coping with the busted IPO. His message to them should be humble, yet ambitious: ignore the market, focus on the job and deliver. Breakingviews pens a first draft using Zuckerberg’s own words.

Facebook’s market meltdown is far from over

August 7, 2012

All the red flags apparent at the IPO - overpriced stock, shoddy governance, huge challenges to the business and a damaged brand - still fly today. The most shocking thing about the social network’s $50 bln conflagration of shareholder wealth is that anyone might be surprised.

Facebook’s stock slump could be self-reinforcing

September 12, 2012

Founder Mark Zuckerberg now admits the social network’s IPO fiasco has hurt morale. No kidding. He hired nearly 60 pct of his 4,000 staff since the stock last traded as low as $18 a share on SecondMarket. That’s a lot of folks potentially poorer who thought they’d be rich by now.

Facebook super-app wants to live off Google

April 4, 2013

The social network’s new Home software sits on top of the Android smartphone operating system. That encourages people to use Facebook over rival services for things like messaging and photo sharing. Google built Android, but Mark Zuckerberg’s creation wants a piece of it.

Facebook mobilizes back to square one

July 31, 2013

The social network’s stock finally traded above the price set at its messy debut 14 months ago. Founder Mark Zuckerberg has made Facebook’s platform work on smartphones and tablets as his tech rivals flounder. Even so, he doesn’t deserve a thumbs-up from investors just yet.