Zuck & Culture–a Beyond Mobile book extract
[NOTE: This is an extract from Beyond Media–Life After Smartphones, a new book I am writing with Robert Scoble. It is an extract from Chapter 1: What Zuck Saw. We are looking for feedback, which you can leave here, on Messenger or at shelisrael1@gmail. We are also looking for funding from corporate and individual sponsors. As self-publishers, we count on readers like you to cover the costs of writing, publishing and marketing our new book.]
New World View
There is one more thing about Zuck’s talk, one we don’t recall previously seeing: A CEO for a publicly-traded company, talking to a global community of developers got political.
He took swipes at Donald Trump, saying that he is opposed to those who turn inward rather than toward openness.
“We will always choose hope over fear,” he declared. Israel wondered on Facebook, if Zuck were setting himself up for a future presidential run.
It would have to be future, because at age 31, he was too young to be a candidate. However, the mean age of those attending F8 was also 31: Zuck was a millennial talking to millennials. Pollsters say the views he held relating to a world where everyone was open, willing to share wealth and source code to help each other, where everyone used technology to reach people of common interest despite politics, borders and geographic barriers, is a view consistently reported to be a perspective shared by the overwhelming majority of his generation.
This book will not touch on presidential politics again, but we will look often at cultural factors, because the tools people have developed to change technology will most certainly change the culture of the people who use them.
When Bill Gates, the most successful boomer in technology was 45, he announced he and his wife were forming a philanthropic foundation where a large percentage of his wealth would be given away. He was 53 when he stepped down and started managing the fund which has done great good to many worthy causes.
It was a new life for Gates, who had been bitterly criticized for predatory and unfair competitive practices through his years at Microsoft.
When Mark Zuckerberg became a father, he set up a foundation with his wife and declared that they would begin to immediately start giving away 99 percent of their Facebook shares at a rate starting at a billion dollars annually.
They announced it in a letter to their newborn daughter where he wrote, “these issues are too important to wait until you or we are older to begin this work.”
We mention this here because we believe it shows the cultural differences between the two most successful people of two generations.
Millennials have a sense of urgency, a sense that there is no longer time to wait before repairing the social and environmental problems the world faces.
So to understand how we see the world changing, we think it would be wise to talk a bit about the Millennial Generation, and a younger generation who may end up playing an even larger role in the ten-years that remain before us.