Harvard to welcome back Facebook CEO, ex-student Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg stopping at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard looking for Facebook recruits

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is embarking on a tour of three major universities that will take him to Harvard on Nov. 7, the school where he created the famous web site then dropped out of and moved the operation to Silicon Valley in 2004.

Zuckerberg, who will also be stopping at MIT and Carnegie Mellon is looking to recruit the universities' best and brightest engineers for work and internships at Facebook. He will be touring with Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's vice president of engineering.

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According to a Boston Globe story today Zuckerberg was asked recently if he regretted leaving Harvard and said:   "If I were starting now,'' he said, "I would do it very differently, but I knew nothing back then. Honestly, if I were starting now I would have just stayed in Boston.'' Zuckerberg said Silicon Valley's attention span lacks "long-term focus'' and its culture often does not value commitment. "A lot of the companies that have been built outside of Silicon Valley . . . seem to be on a longer-term cadence than the ones in Silicon Valley.''

While touring, Zuckerberg will meet with faculty and students and he will give a talk to an invitation-only audiences and the press release notes that Zuckerberg's campus meetings will not be open to the public or the news media.

The release added that while the tour will bring Zuckerberg to Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus for the first time, he and his colleagues at Facebook are well-acquainted with the university, as Facebook is a major recruiter at Carnegie Mellon and employs about 50 alumni.

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