Mark Zuckerberg is one successful and wealthy man. Apparently, he is also quite the fashionista, so much so that, according to Mashable, Zuckerberg’s fashion statement of jeans, gray hoodie, and Adidas shower sliders inspired designer Uri Minkoff when he created his New York Fashion Week: Men’s fall 2016 collection.
— Trendler News (@TrendlerNews) February 3, 2016
This is Minkoff’s first ready-to-wear collection.
“When designing this collection I was like, how can I get tech guys to start dressing like this? I’m a big techie and worked at a software company for 10 years. So it’s about moving forward. You see people wearing very casual slippers in Silicon Valley, so it’s like, how could you clean it up and make it more luxurious to step up your game slightly? I want to up that Silicon Valley mentality.”
But Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t only want to inspire with his fashion — he wants to inspire people’s political views, as well. Brietbart reports that Zuckerberg owns an immigration lobbying firm, FWD.us, and the president of the firm, Todd Schulte, spoke on CNBC’s Squawk Alley.
“For the first time, a major party [is] putting forth people who are saying they are going to round up and deport 11.5 million people; they’re going to eliminate high-skilled immigration… And look, that may get you a win or second place in the Iowa caucuses. That is just a horrible and fatal position in a general election.”
Shulte has also tweeted against Trump.
Trump's a hack, runs for policy specifics. Be it immigration, trade, foreign policy – answer is always he's a strongman, others are weak 2/?
— Todd Schulte (@TheToddSchulte) February 1, 2016
“Trump’s a hack, runs for policy specifics. Be it immigration, trade, foreign policy – answer is always he’s a strongman, others are weak 2/?”
Mark Zuckerberg seems to know precisely what he wants, and he has the money and the influence to make a statement. But what about his technological wants? Forbes reports that Zuckerberg made a New Year’s resolution that he announced via his Facebook page. The resolution was to create an AI system to run his $7 million home in Paolo Alto, California.
Keith Flamer had something to say about the whole idea and offered some “fatherly advice” to give. It’s not that Flamer thinks the idea is bad, but he does think the timing is all wrong.
“I don’t mean to discourage you. But timing is everything. Mark, what I’m really trying to say is: never mix virtual reality (technology toys) with reality (new baby) — at home. It’s too confusing. Signals will get crossed, malfunctions will occur, and A.I. doesn’t change diapers — yet. If anyone could pull that off, it’s you. But, as you must know by now, fatherhood changes everything.”
That seems like sound advice from a father who has experienced it all (Flamer has teenagers). But Flamer gives the advice apologetically.
“Pardon me for getting so personal — I don’t mean to be a downer, Mark. And far be it from me to second-guess a new parent, especially one who could afford 47 million nannies. We all work through our own problems, schedules, and mistakes so we can learn and improve (there’s that word again). I’m just giving you a heads up. You thought you were busy before?”
Who knows if Mark Zuckerberg will heed Flamer’s advice. After all, he is a techno-geek. SF Gate reports that Zuckerberg recently got really excited over a 360-degree view of Mars. Of course, he posted the experience to Facebook.
It’s pretty cool, and it looks as if Mark Zuckerberg is living an exciting, passionate life. But with a newborn at home, it is still a life that is devoid of sleep. Welcome to the world of fashion, Donald Trump, AI, and fatherhood, Mark Zuckerberg.
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