Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Forget keeping up with the Joneses, and the Kardashians, because in Silicon Valley, it’s Mark Zuckerberg who’s perpetually on the move, this week announcing a new messaging service to be launched by Facebook Inc.
What Made Him Haute: Mark Zuckerberg is the genius who invented Facebook in a Harvard dorm room in 2004 and became the youngest Forbes billionaire in 2008 after Microsoft bought a stake, valuing it at $15 billion.
What Makes Him Haute Now: In a move that anticipates the future of communication, Facebook Messages, represented by an [email protected] e-mail address, will consolidate e-mail, instant messaging, text messages and Facebook components in a single social in box. What CEO Mark Zuckerberg is calling a “modern messaging system,” Facebook Messages will be accessible on personal computers as well as mobile devices, for plenary messaging on the go. The all-in-one communication service will roll out over the next few months and is expected to catch on with newer generations, challenging established e-mail services Microsoft Corp.’s Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Google Inc.’s Gmail, although how older generations will take to the Facebook system is uncertain. “This is not an e-mail killer,” Zuckerberg said. “This is a messaging service that has e-mail as part of it.”