We are into the second day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States. Modi is at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus where he and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are taking questions at the town hall event. Modi also happens to be the first head of government from India to be hosted at the Facebook campus.
Zuckerberg started off by revealing an interesting connection between Facebook and India. Zuckerberg reveals how at one point when the company wasn’t doing well he visited his mentor Steve Jobs. Zuckerberg recalls Jobs’ suggestion saying, “He told me to visit an Indian temple to find the vision for my company.”
PM Modi was impressed with this story saying he never expected science and spirituality to have such a connect. He said, “I hope the vision you got will help you become the voice of millions of people and a voice of their aspirations.”
Some interesting stats too were shared regarding Facebook’s users in India. More than 50 percent Internet users in India use Facebook, and its userbase in India is over 132 million. Over 90 percent of them come from mobile phones. There are currently 1.5 million small/medium businesses in India have Facebook pages. This represents a 70 percent year-on-year growth.