Facebook chief and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg may have shocked a techie audience Saturday morning when he said that if Facebook hadn't panned out, he would have joined Microsoft.
"I probably would have taken an engineering job… [and] always had a lot of respect for Microsoft," he said at an interview at the Startup School, according to VentureBeat. "A lot of people from Harvard went to work there."
Likely because Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was a Harvard alum (and dropout)? Perhaps, but also because a young Zuckerberg would have joined a big tech company to learn more about the business.
As for college, the psychology major with a "passion for Latin and Greek" told the audience of young entrepreneurs to use their time in college to explore all the knowledge at their fingertips. Although he rarely attended class, he enjoyed learning about the human mind and classic languages.
Zuckerberg said that entrepreneurs should take time to "bake the product." He mentioned that no one knew whether Facebook would succeed or not, but most of the success was based on timing — and the rise of social media.