Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is really into New Years Resolutions and for accountability, he tends to make them public. In the past, he promised to learn Mandarin, which he practiced on his trip to China. Another year he resolved to eat meat from animals he had killed himself.
This year, according to Business Insider, Mark Zuckberg has become like the social media Oprah, although he didn’t quite phrase it that way. He has made the promise to read a book every two weeks and share his insights on the book via (what else) Facebook. This has proven to be a virtual Oprah-style book club, and his first pick is “The End of Power” by Moises Naim, who was Venezuela’s minister of trade. From there, Naim directed the country’s central bank and became executive director of World Bank. Naim currently is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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Naim’s theory seems to jibe well with Zuckerberg’s vision. In the book he notes that startups are outperforming large corporations, there is a quick turnover in management and the majority of the countries in the world are democracies.
Well, maybe Zuckerberg doesn’t quite agree with the CEO part, since it doesn’t seem he’s leaving Facebook soon, but Facebook’s story is the triumph of the startup and democracies have embraced the digital reality. Just as a book could become an instant bestseller with Oprah’s stamp of approval, “The End of Power” is now sold out on Amazon and Zuckerberg’s book club has received 138, 000 “likes.”