Facebook CEO: Steve Jobs Helped Me Build Facebook

Posted by · November 7, 2011 3:18 pm

Though it’s not set to air until later tonight, Facebook and Apple enthusiasts alike would be wise not to miss Mark Zuckerberg’s interview with Charlie Rose, during which he and COO Sheryl Sandberg spent an hour with the highly acclaimed journalist. In addition to discussion of internet privacy, competition with Google, and American engineering talent, the interview also contains information on a lesser known connection between Zuckerberg and legendary Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs.

According to the Walter Isaacson biography Steve Jobs, Jobs said at one point that he admired the Facebook CEO “for not selling out, for wanting to make a company.”

“In other words,” writes Cult of Mac’s John Brownlee, “Jobs saw a lot of himself in Zuckerberg: a young kid out to change the world.”

As viewers will come to find out this evening, the late Apple CEO’s respect for Zuckerberg went beyond a distant observation. According to the Facebook CEO, Steve Jobs played a significant role in helping the social media giant shape its focus.

“I had a lot of questions for him,” he tells Rose. Such questions included getting advice on “how to build a team around you that’s focused on building as high quality and good things as you are.” The two CEOs also discussed “the aesthetics and kind of mission orientation of companies,” Zuckerberg adds.

Currently boasting nearly 800 million users and a $100 billion IPO set for next year, it seems Jobs’ advice has more than paid off for the 27-year-old executive, who currently rests in the number-14 spot in Forbes’ list of the wealthiest Americans.

Catch a preview of tonight’s interview below:

UPDATE:

Watch last night’s interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg in its entirety.

  • Charlie looks 20 years younger in that preview picture. “Tell me more about this Book of Faces, son.”