Having a few days only to learn about program but Moskovitz still become the co-founder of Facebook and then become a billionaire with 9.9 billion USD of his asset;
In 2005, when Facebook was in startup with only 50 members, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was invited to teach in his old school, Harvard University. At that time, Zuckerberg had not been famous like now so there are very few students in his lecture.
Zuckerberg shared that in 2005, Facebook created a powerful wave in the virtual world. The social network for college students had spread to 2.000 universities and colleges, attracted approximately 400 million access times each day.
At that time, its accomplishments even surpassed Google.
However, the story about how his roommate, Dustin Moskovitz, took part in developing Facebook was the most interesting point among what Zuckerberg shared during his lecture.
Zuck built Facebook in his dorm room by using PHP programming language and this web became more and more popular in a short term.
“I started writing the web site and launched at Harvard in May 2, 2004. Within a few weeks, thousands of people signed up and we got a lot of emails from students from other schools asking us to allow them to use Facebook”, said Zuck.
During that time, Zuck enrolled a computer science class that was too difficult but interesting. It was the reason why he did not have much time for Facebook. “One day, Dustin, my roommate, suddenly said:” Hey, I want to help him expand Facebook “”.
“That’s awesome! But you know nothing about PHP”, Zuck replied Motkovitz.
Fortunately, PHP is quite easy to learn, especially if you have already known about C, a classic programming language. Motkovitz quite clearly understand the C programming language.
“PHP, not PERL”
“At that weekend, he bought a book talking about PERL language before back to the room and came to me and said:” OK, I’m ready to fight “”, Zuck said. “I felt so funny, but still had to tell him seriously that:” The web site was written in PHP and not PERL “”.
Not be discouraged, Moskovitz learned PHP and understand clearly this programming language. Within some days, he was ready to help Zuckerberg take Facebook to more users.
After that, Zuckerberg and Moskovitz dropped out in Harvard University to go to Palo Alto, California to concentrate all their time for Facebook.
Moskovitz left Facebook in 2008, three years after starting to learn PHP. The number of Facebook shares that he holds helped him become a young billionaire.
Besides, in his lecture, Zuck also shared that he has never planned to make Facebook globally successful like today.
“A company will be successful when we focus on creating a great product rather than focus on strengthening the company’s success,” Mark Zuckerberg said.