Yesterday at the Startup School (a freaking awesome event for entrepreneurs, by the way) I was sitting next to Mitch Kapor while Facebook founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg was on stage. The picture above is of Startup School hearing from Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, who gave a great talk. More on that in a second.
At one point Mark said something that made Mitch flinch.
What was it?
Mark said that one of the best decisions he made was to move Facebook out of Boston and into Silicon Valley. Then he said that the business infrastructure here was key and that he couldn’t have gotten that infrastructure anywhere else.
Why did that make Mitch flinch? Well, Mitch started Lotus in Boston, which was a highly successful company (Mitch, in his own speech, told about his experiences starting Lotus). But since then has Boston been able to keep a great tech startup and help it get to the big time?
No. That’s why only I saw Mitch’s reaction and why Mitch didn’t call Mark on it.
As to Mark Pincus’ talk, the recording is on Justin.tv and he explained how he wanted to build an “Internet Treasure.” He already has, his company has built Farmville which is a VERY popular game on Facebook.
Other talks worth watching from Startup School? Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos talking about how he delivers happiness.
Evan Williams and Biz Stone telling stories about starting Twitter.
Thanks to YCombinator for inviting me to Startup School. I learned a lot and the networking was over the top.