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Mark Zuckerberg saw Steve Jobs as a crucial advisor for building Facebook and its management team, according to an interview with Charlie Rose that will air later on Monday. Jobs is also quoted in his recent biography as saying that he “admire[d]” the Facebook founder.

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Mark Zuckerberg saw Steve Jobs as a crucial advisor for building Facebook and its management team, according to an interview with Charlie Rose that will air later on Monday. The statements are in keeping with comments made by Jobs in his recent biography, where he noted that he “admire[d]” the Facebook founder.

Specifically, Jobs said that he admired Zuckerberg “for not selling out, for wanting to make a company,” statements which resonate with Jobs’ own history of wanting to build something at Apple that achieved the same kind of lasting success as Disney or HP. Zuckerberg says in his interview with Rose that the two Silicon Valley executives discussed things like “how to build a team around you that’s focused on building as high quality and good things as you are,” according to Bloomberg.

The two also discussed “the aesthetics and kind of mission orientation of companies,” according to Zuckerberg, which is a subject close to Jobs’ heart. Jobs maintained a degree of focused control over Apple that managed to stay away from catering to populist thinking and market research groups, something Forbes  has said Zuckerberg also manages to accomplish at Facebook.

The funny thing is, despite their mutual respect and Jobs’ role as something of a mentor for Zuckerberg, the two companies haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. Facebook integration in Apple’s social music service Ping was cut early on after Facebook and Apple couldn’t come to agreeable terms regarding a partnership, and has never been reintroduced.

Facebook was also rumored to have been intended for deep integration in iOS like Twitter, but so far, nothing has come of those reports. One has to wonder whether those things never came to pass because the two Silicon Valley icons didn’t share an obstinate streak as well as healthy professional opinions of each other.

  1. Well, I personally detest Facebook but you can’t argue with success.

  2. Salinger’s Ghost Monday, November 7, 2011

    It’s one thing to innovate, it’s another thing to suck and say F you to your users.  The recent redesign is a complete disaster and privacy is non-existent (no matter what they say).  It’s beginning to remind me of a service that the old Soviet Union or China would set up to keep an eye on the general population.  Facebook must be stopped…

    http://mankabros.com/blogs/onmedea/2011/09/01/facebook-must-be-stopped/

    1. “Jobs maintained a degree of focused control over Apple that managed to stay away from catering to populist thinking and market research groups, something Forbes has said Zuckerberg also manages to accomplish at Facebook.”

      “Customers don’t know what they want.” – Steve Jobs

      1. Benjamin Chiang D Monday, November 7, 2011

        customers may not know what they want, but do they know what they *don’t* want?

      2. @Benjamin no, they don’t know what they don’t want. No one wanted tablets 5 years ago (remember them?) – everyone seems to want one now…

      3. Thorleif Larsen D Thursday, December 1, 2011

        @Herval Freire

        What a silly claim.

        Because they didn’t want the tablets that existed 5 years ago, they don’t know what they don’t want?

        WTF?

        That they didn’t want tablets 5 years ago means that they didn’t want them. Apparently more people want tablets today (which are, by the way, completely different from 5 years ago).

        Your argument is dishonest and illogical. You have in no way shown that people don’t know what they don’t want.

    2. “Jobs maintained a degree of focused control over Apple that managed to stay away from catering to populist thinking and market research groups, something Forbes has said Zuckerberg also manages to accomplish at Facebook.”

      “Customers don’t know what they want.” – Steve Jobs

      ‘Nuff said.

      1. Customers generally do know what they want but most of them would like to see, feel and test it first… It´s very difficult to ask customers exactly what they want in future. You can still ask them and use your creativity and imagination that can show you the way…

    3. care to explain what do u mean by “privacy is non-existent”? that’s one of the biggest falacies lately, and managing privacy on FB is freakin easy these days…

  3. Vinothkumar Arputharaj Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    Facebook is trying to maintain its user base by adding some ‘Jigina’ works to the UI. The old UI was “COOL” and “SIMPLE”. The current one is a trash. Would Mark follow Steve’s thoughts in maintaining cool and simple things?

  4. Visual Targeting Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    Interview reveals that Steve Jobs mentored Mark Zuckerburg, helping him build @Facebook and be a better leader: http://t.co/byR3oXiD

  5. Zuckerberg says Jobs advised him on building Facebook http://t.co/KtdaGQql

  6. Zuckerberg says Jobs advised him on building #Facebook http://t.co/uhNeEKEC

  7. Juan Pérez Torralbo Monday, November 28, 2011

    Zuckerberg dice que Steve Jobs le asesoró en la creación de #Facebook http://t.co/yjBUhvQN

  8. Juan Pérez Torralbo Monday, November 28, 2011

    Zuckerberg says Jobs advised him on building #Facebook http://t.co/SuUEANTJ

  9. RT @juanpt: Zuckerberg dice que Steve Jobs le asesoró en la creación de #Facebook http://t.co/RmaOamFg

  10. Desiré Pereda Monday, November 28, 2011

    RT @juanpt: Zuckerberg dice que Steve Jobs le asesoró en la creación de #Facebook http://t.co/VsRDB4xU

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