Mark Zuckerberg poked his head out of his hoodie in his first public appearance since his company's botched initial public stock offering and said the words investors wanted to hear.
"The performance of the stock has obviously been disappointing," Zuckerberg said at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. "We care about our shareholders."
He said Facebook has overcome tough challenges before, and that it would overcome this one.
Zuckerberg, in a gray T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, fielded questions from technology investor and blogger Michael Arrington in a "fireside chat" for about 25 minutes before a tech-friendly crowd that cares a lot more about the products Zuckerberg builds than the profit he makes. But Arrington did not let Zuckerberg off the hook, peppering him with questions about the stock plunge after the much maligned IPO in May.
Investors were listening closely to hear Zuckerberg say that he's focused on Facebook's business and his company's stock price. The stock rose 66 cents, or nearly 3%, in after-hours trading. That was after Facebook gained 62 cents, or 3%, in the regular session to close at $19.43.