David Marcus, VP, Messaging Products, Facebook in conversation with Marcus Wohlsen, Senior Staff Writer, WIRED
David Marcus specializes in starting global conversations. From within Facebook Marcus oversees Messenger, the social network’s worldwide chat application connecting millions of daily users. Before joining Facebook in 2014, Marcus spent a year as PayPal’s VP of Mobile, followed by two more years as company President. A lifelong entrepreneur, he explored tech at an early age. At eight years old, he had already taught himself to code. By the time Marcus turned 23, he had dropped out of the University of Geneva to start his first two companies in Europe. In 2008, Marcus founded the mobile payments startup Zong, which was acquired by PayPal in 2011. Born in France, Marcus spent his formative years in Paris and Geneva before setting his sights on Silicon Valley.