Mark Zuckerberg envisions a future where technology enables us to read each other’s thoughts and immerse ourselves in shared experiences -- like enjoying a courtside seat at a game or studying in a classroom full of students and teachers from the comfort of our home -- using virtual reality wearables, he said in an interview with Vanity Fair. And the 32-year-old Facebook mogul wants to be that person who provides the VR technology and platform.
Facebook acquired virtual-reality headset company Oculus Rift in 2014 for more than $2 billion, a move Zuckerberg announced on the social-media platform, writing, “One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.”
While he has acknowledged that not everyone wants to be connected that way, his mission to provide worldwide connectivity has been consistent from the start. In 2013, he gave a more formal name to this desire by announcing the formation of Internet.org, an initiative focused “on providing connectivity and access to developing countries” that don’t have currently have an easy way to get online, according to The Verge.
However, the tech titan didn’t have such high ambitions for the social platform when he launched it as a 19-year-old Harvard dropout in 2004. Known at the time as “The facebook,” the site’s original goal was to allow Harvard students to set up student profiles and connect with one another. But over the years -- through aggressive strategies, acquisitions and partnerships -- the company’s purpose has evolved to serve a bigger goal.
And now Zuckerberg has his eyes set on dominating the up-and-coming VR technology and bring it to the masses -- a move consistent with his big picture mentality.
It’s that sort of futurist thinking that has enabled Zuckerberg to remain relevant in the constantly shifting sands of technology and public interest.
Here’s four more lessons we can take away from Zuckerberg on how to win at the long game.