Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie turns 28 today! The favorite piece of clothing (hoodie worth = about $30) of the world’s soon-to-be youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company (Facebook worth = $100 billion.) takes center stage this week as Facebook faces an initial public offering on Friday.
Some Wall Street conservatives aren’t fans. Then again, I’d be annoyed too if I had to sit in a suit and tie when listening to a hoodie talk about privacy and social networking.
See video below, Zuckerberg is sweating… (1:40): “Wanna take off the hoodie?”
Zuckerberg: “No, I never take off the hoodie.”
Until he takes off the hoodie. With Facebook’s mission statement in its lining.
And looks exactly the same.
It also seems that many news publications remembered to check their Facebooks today, because there has been quite a response to the CEO’s hoodie‘s annual event. Let’s see what some of them had to say.
Time Magazine wants to replace the hoodie! We all know Zuckerberg loves his hoodies, and would probably never wear a suit, so they proposed a compromise. Behold, the pinstripe hoodie!
“Now Zuckerberg can throw a bone to the Wall Street fashion police while still maintaining his own dignity (and comfort),” Time Magazine said.
The New York Daily News also highlighted his age, stating “At an age when most men are still worrying about making next month’s rent on time, the hoodie-and-sandal-wearing Zuckerberg will become the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.”
Is age really everything? An Associated Press article reported that Zuckerberg’s hoodie makes him look younger than his 28 years, putting him at the attention of people who are anti-comfort. “He seems very customer focused and very employee focused. I am not sure he cares about anyone else,” said Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities.
(Get it? The hoodie is a “Mark” of immaturity? Punny.)
I don’t know about you or other suits out there, but I don’t mind the hoodie. It’s got a certain… charm to it. It makes Zuckerberg look less like a typical businessman and more like his consumers: a rebel against Wall Street, but with a cause.
The people in the video don’t seem to mind the hoodie. Maybe Wall Street and Silicon Valley should show it some love, especially on its birthday.
Until next year, Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie. Hope that $100 billion IPO can buy you a whole lot of booze.