An analyst had this to say about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg:
“Mark and his signature hoodie: He’s actually showing investors he doesn’t care that much; he’s going to be him. I think that’s a mark of immaturity. I think that he has to realize he’s bringing investors in as a new constituency right now, and I think he’s got to show them the respect that they deserve because he’s asking them for their money.” Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities. (viaBloomberg)
Do you think Mark should dress for the occasion?
I don’t know about you, but I love it! If I were rich, I would probably look like a bum. Seriously. I am really not the one who wants to get rich to flaunt around. Nope! I want to be able to spend my time the way I want. Isn’t that the best part of having money? Financial independence? I want to not have to worry about bills. I want to be able to spend more time with my children. I want to travel with my kids and close relatives. I just want time to do as I please. I don’t want to be rich to play dress up. I want financial security and money to leave behind for my family.
Mark is already rich; he doesn’t have to wear anything he doesn’t want to wear. He isn’t clocking in at anyone’s 9-5. If the investors aren’t interested — they should move on. There will be plenty of people lining up to invest in Facebook. I know I want to put a few bucks in. I read it will cost $40.00 a share; I think I may have to join the party with my pennies.
Money doesn’t change people; it just enhances who they already were at the start. Mark is a computer nerd. He probably spends/spent all of his time in pajamas in front of his laptop. It doesn’t seem like he was running out to get “fresh” every chance he could. So, now that he is making it, he seems to be the same way. Some people are just not that into the new fashions or “dressing” up. I have seen him wear a suit, so he knows how. It just depends on if he feels like wearing one.
Look at Steve jobs; he stayed wearing that black turtle neck, jeans, and New Balance sneakers. The man was filthy rich and guess what? People paid attention to what he was doing and what he had to say. Russell Simmons always looks the same. I don’t think I have ever seen him really “dress up.” I think once you are comfortable and you aren’t asking anyone for anything, you should do what makes you happy.
If you are barely making it, I would suggest not going against the norm too much. That could leave you on the welfare line.