The big day for Facebook Inc. and Mark Zuckerberg has come. On Friday morning as the sun rose on the trading day in Menlo Park, Calif., about 2,000 Facebook workers were gathered at the campus preparing for the company's debut on the Nasdaq exchange.
Philz Coffee on the campus opened about 5 a.m., and the catering team handed out breakfast sandwiches to fuel the troops. Many had been up all night in a pre-IPO hackathon.
TV trucks swarmed the campus Friday morning. Employees had designed all of the creative elements set up for the day from the logos to the backdrops.
About five minutes before ringing in the trading day, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Chief Executive Zuckerberg, in his trademark dark gray hoodie and jeans, addressed the crowd. The company's senior leaders and the deal team joined Zuckerberg and Sandberg onstage. The excitement was building through the crowd.