Mark Zuckerberg tours the East Coast for engineering talent

James Martin/CNET

(CBS) - Last week, Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying that if he had to do it all over again, he'd stay in Boston.

"If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston," Zuckerberg is reported to have said at Y Combinator's Startup School at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. "[Silicon Valley] is a little short-term focused, and that bothers me."

It sounds like the young entrepreneur is nostalgic for the city of his Alma mater Harvard, and according to the Boston Herald that's why he's poaching the East Coast for talent.

It's been reported that Zuckerberg is touring Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University for engineers and computer scientists. Zuckerberg is slated to meet with over 200 computer science students at Harvard alone.

Facebook vice president of engineering Mike Schroepfer is said to be accompanying Zuckerberg on the search for interns and new recruits.

"Boston has a very deep bench when it comes to technical talent and educational institutions that produce high-quality engineering talent," managing director of OpenView Venture Partners Adam Marcus told the Boston Herald.

Marcus has a point. Two of the biggest figures in technology, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, both dropped out of Harvard and planted their companies on the West Coast.

The tour begins on Nov. 7 at Harvard and MIT and will finish on Nov. 8 at Carnegie Mellon.

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