FWD.us, the political advocacy group spearheaded by Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, added some tech muscle, as Microsoft Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith, and former Facebook President Sean Parker joined the group.
Reporting for work at Microsoft: Mark Zuckerberg? Facebook’s co-founder and CEO said it could very well have happened if the social network hadn’t taken off, and his conversation with Y Combinator Co-Founder Paul Graham at Stanford University’s Memorial Hall Saturday touched on several other topics, including the future of sharing, MySpace, and advice for startups.
A missive posted by Paul Graham, founder of investment firm Y Combinator, warned that there may be funding hurdles for startups in the future as a result of Facebook’s less-than-dynamic initial public offering performance.
Jason Calacanis appears convinced that entrepreneurs are at risk of “partnering” with Facebook, claiming that Facebook will steal any startup’s technology. This follow’s Facebook’s recent announcement that the company would be offering support for any Y Combinator startup who wanted to contribute to making the web more social.