If you are part of the rarified group of tech insiders who chiefly live in the Bay Area, your taste of Mark Zuckerberg is different. You are most likely done business with Facebook: Your company’s been bought by it, or you’ve been gathered out of a promising busines when Zuckerberg decided to launch there. You’ve driven past Zuckerberg’s San Francisco compound in the Mission, or granted birth at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. You know he is an adroit entrepreneur who hasn’t frayed flips-flops to a commodity release in more than a decade. You let go of the idea of Mark Zuckerberg as an touchy boy long ago.
Which is why, following the completion of Zuckerberg’s congressional hearings, the majority of members of the two dozen Valley insiders I spoke to–including Facebook alumni and numerous people who chose to speak on background–were so impressed by the CEO’s performance. In the showdown between Zuckerberg and Washington, they felt Facebook’s well-spoken benefactor had triumphed, demonstrated to everybody else what they’d known all along: Washington politicos are no accord for Silicon Valley. For these inventors, Zuckerberg is a stand-in for the tech manufacture broadly–an manufacture that long has been understood as a group of rule-breaking upstarts. “In some natures, it felt like I was springing for our being from Silicon Valley, as controversial as he is, ” supposes open source exponent Chris Messina, who has worked at both Google and Uber, amongst other significant tech giants.
The hearings were assembled because people were concerned about tech, but to the tech industry they only succeeded in supporting an entrenched conviction: Beings outside Silicon Valley would have you believe their own problems with Facebook is tech, when really the issue is our own foolishnes.
With a self-confident air in his crisply pulped dres, Zuckerberg demonstrated that the techies can answer for their inventions. In knowledge, having regard to the erudite interrogations brought to Zuckerberg at the hearings, tech’s entrepreneurs might be the only radical that can successfully maps the future of tech. “The gap between DC and Silicon Valley is vast and penetrating, ” enunciated Mighty Networks cofounder Gina Bianchini, who has been developing social software since 2004. “If anyone thought that regulation or anti-trust would threaten Facebook’s dominance, I think that thought has been put to bed.”