updated 07:25 pm EDT, Sat June 25, 2011
Facebook CEO card tied to respect for Steve Jobs
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's infamous early business card was actually an homage to Steve Jobs, the card's designer Bryan Veloso addressed on Quora. Although the actual "I'm CEO, Bitch" sentence was a tribute to the Dave Chappelle Show, it reportedly embodied Zuckerberg's attempt to emulate the Apple CEO at the late 2005 period when the card was made. The social network designer thought that the "aggressive" boardroom persona in meetings and elsewhere, and would hand out either a regular card or the legendary variant depending on the image he wanted to present.
Zuckerberg eventually stopped using the cards in 2006, near when Veloso left the company and as Facebook grew. The originally wild-seeming company had to be more responsible to grow as big as it has, Veloso explained.
The two CEOs have ultimately ended up meeting each other and have had a symbolic changing of the guard: Zuckerberg is now believed to be wealthier, in part because he takes a normal salary rather than relying on bonuses and stock options. The two are sometimes partners and have met each other face-to-face for what's believed to be negotiations for Facebook integration into Apple's devices and software.
More recently, rumors have circulated that Facebook is trying to compete with Apple through its Project Spartan mobile web app project. Doubts already exist over any maliciousness as Apple has been supporting the effort in trying to reduce the web's dependency on Flash and spur on iOS adoption.