Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg recently opened up to PBS broadcast journalist Charlie Rose in a candid interview that is set to air tonight.
Conducted last Thursday at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, the discussion covers a huge swath of topics, including the company's mission, competition with Google, China, the Arab spring, the goals of an IPO, the privacy debate, the lack of engineering talent in the U.S and more.
The interview definitely reveals quite a bit about how Zuckerberg views Facebook allies, enemies and frenemies in Silicon Valley. When asked by Rose about a "flat-out war" for the future of the Valley among the top four companies of the moment (Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple), it's easy to see where the battle lines have been drawn:
Zuckerberg: Yes, and no. I mean, I think, you know, Google, I think, in some ways, is more competitive and certainly is trying to build their own little version of Facebook. But you know, when I look at Amazon and Apple and I see companies who are extremely aligned with us, right. And we have a lot of conversations with people at both companies just trying to figure out ways that we can do more together, and there is just a lot of reception there. I mean, I can’t think of an Apple product or an Amazon product that I look at and it’s like, oh, that’s really --
Rose: Yeah, but come on. Look at it. Apple just -- Amazon just announced a new Kindle Fire, which is --
Zuckerberg: I know, and they’re tablet --
Charlie Rose: -- could deeply compete with the iPad.
Zuckerberg: And that’s cool. I mean, we don’t have tablets, though, so we could care less about that.
The full interview will be broadcast on Charlie Rose at midnight on Tuesday, November 8 (but be sure to check local listings in case this varies by area), but here's an excerpt of the interview for now:
[Transcript excerpt and video courtesy of the Charlie Rose program.]
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