Mark Zuckerberg Talks Medvedev, Fashion on Russian Late NightBy: Josh Wolford - October 2, 2012
As you may have heard, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is currently on a highly-publicized trip to Russia. Yesterday, he toured the city of Moscow, visiting the Red Square and a McDonalds. He then met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to discuss technology and expansion in the country.
Of course, Zuckerberg knows that Russia is a big market that’s basically untapped. Russian-born social network Vkontakte dominates in the country. Some seemed to think that Zuckerberg may be secretly on a developer and engineer-finding mission.
Either way, Zuckerberg had time to do hit late night talk show circuit. Zuckerberg spoke with Ivan Urgant, host of popular late night show Evening Urgant. Evening Urgant is broadcast on “the biggest country-wide broadcaster with the largest audience in Russia,” Channel One. So I guess it’s comparable to Zuckerberg appearing on Leno, Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, or Fallon in the U.S.
When asked about his meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, there’s what Zuckerberg had to say:
“It was a lot of fun. We had an interesting conversation. He’s very supportive of developing the technology industry here in Russia. We’re really excited about this too – a lot of what I’m here to do is to talk to developers and engineers and entrepreneurs here who are going to build stuff using Facebook, and build a lot of new Russian companies. So, it was an interesting conversation.”
The topics of conversation ranged from serious to casual, for instance Zuckerberg talked about his famous attire (and the fact that he wore a suit to speak to Medvedev:
“You know, I actually went to boarding school, so I had to wear a jacket and tie everyday. So when I was done with that, I just decided that I was going to wear a t-shirt for the rest of my life.”
If you can put up with the Russian voiceover, Zuckerberg responds in English and it’s a pretty fun interview. Check it out below: