Mark Zuckerberg has committed a big business-fashion faux-pas, say the very fashionable suits of Wall Street, who are chastising the nerd-turned-billionaire for wearing his hoodie on day one of his big IPO road-show.
The hoodie, they argue, shows his immaturity and lack of seriousness. It's disrespectful! Zuckerberg's defenders have countered back with a resounding "who cares." This is an IPO roadshow, not the Oscars, one techie named Wess Miller tweeted. But actually we think this hoodie matters very much. We doubt Zuckerberg can succeed without it. To remove it would symbolically kill him and since he is Facebook both financially (he has set himself up to own a majority stake) and spiritually (his hacker way and connecting the world philosophy drives the company forward) a Zuckerberg- and hoodie-less Facebook would lack all that "growth potential" investors want to know more about.
Zuckerberg didn't get where he is today by trading in his signature look for something that looks more CEO friendly. He built the Facebook magic wearing a hoodie -- at least according to The Social Network. At the very least he did it in a place where hoodies are fashion-appropriate. Since then he has worn the hoodie. And also since then, Facebook has grown and he's made lots of money. Coincidence? Maybe. But Zuckerberg clearly doesn't think so. He rarely takes it off and when he does he either gets very sweaty and awkward—which looks worse on CEO than hoodie—or is doing something less business oriented. The Wall Street Journal has a rundown of the various times Zuckerberg slipped out of his uniform -- all the instances involve political photo-ops. We also remember seeing pics of him sans hoodie while on vacation, again, in a non-business setting.