Mark Zuckerberg, owner of Facebook's parent company Meta Platforms, is spending heavily and like a newbie on his startup project, the virtual-reality world, metaverse. Even though he is equipped with huge financial resources, his reinventing is considered a challenge in terms of an 18-year-old firm.
Metaverse is an immersive and unproven virtual world. Zuckerberg changed the parent company name from Facebook to Meta Platforms Inc. in October 2021 to dive into the new segment. Currently, he has control in the company worth about $900 billion with respect to supervoting shares.
Metaverse is believed to be initially losing money and Zuckerberg stated late last year that the investments in his new project are to cut operating income.
It is true he has mature cash cows and can fund his ambitions easily. However, it is simultaneously true that Zuckerberg is lacking a singular focus. The New York Times reports his Reality Laps may hire thousands of new people and simultaneously the existing employees of Instagram and Facebook are encouraged to join the new venture.
Meanwhile, the augmented-reality apps are now under scrutiny over face continual threats and available content. The competition from other similar apps is on the rise.
Google's parent company Alphabet too is investing in new and innovative products including its self-driving cars.
Meta Platforms, Inc. was founded in January 2004 as Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Andrew McCollum. It is headquartered in California, United States. It is currently the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and a couple of more subsidiaries. It is currently one of the most valuable companies in the world. It is a constituent of the Big Five information technology companies in America.
Metaverse for the company is a term for an integrated environment linked with all the products and services of the company.