Mark Zuckerberg “likes’’ Boston. While the Facebook cofounder fled the Hub for Silicon Valley after being spurned by a local venture capitalist in 2004, Zuckerberg recently told an audience at Stanford University that if he could do it over again, he’d keep his social network where he started it, here in the Boston area. The comment was a boon for the city’s high-tech innovation community, which has grown significantly since “Zuck,’’ its patron saint, launched Facebook from a Harvard dorm room.
But after making his Boston-boosting comment, Zuckerberg swooped into the city seeking to entice Harvard and MIT students to work for him after graduation. Instead of trying to pull creative young people across the country, Zuckerberg should consider beefing up Facebook’s presence in Boston’s Innovation District. While it’s too late for a do-over, Zuckerberg should expand his profile in the city where he’d rather have been in the first place. Boston, and its young entrepreneurs, would welcome such a high-profile anchor to the city’s innovation community.