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Andrea Martin Mark Zuckerberg

Y Combinator Startup School interview

25 Oct, 2013

Zuckerberg takes stage at Y Combinator Startup School.

I’m not good at pitching anything. I never really pitched. There’s Eduardo who did some. Moved out here Peter Thiel was our first investor. Sean Parker helped set us up with first outsourced accounting firm, introduced us to Peter. There were already hundreds of thousands of users. It was clear that if we executed we would continue to do well. I was 19, I doubt I was at all impressive. For the first two years the only advice he would give me was “don’t mess it up”. Gets back to the “build something people want” motto. Early on we were clueless, all of us came from having users and growing at a sustainable rate. When we were first meeting with Peter, we didn’t have We were The Facebook. That’s a winner.

Mark Zuckerberg at Startup School 2013