Zuckerberg’s $100B metaverse gamble is ‘super-sized and terrifying,’ shareholder says

A shareholder’s open letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has labeled the tech big’s funding into the Metaverse as “super-sized and terrifying.”

The shareholder has urged the corporate to scale down its funding within the Metaverse and its associated expertise arm amid a big fall in its inventory worth over the past 18 months. 

The open letter was printed on Oct. 24 and was directed at Zuckerberg and the board of administrators. It was authored by Brad Gerstner, CEO and founding father of expertise funding agency Altimeter Capital, which owns roughly a 0.11% share in Meta, in accordance with Hedge Comply with.

Gerstner stated that Meta’s foray into the Metaverse, whereas essential, shouldn’t command as a lot funding from the corporate because it presently does.

He stated the corporate has introduced investments of $10 billion to $15 billion per yr into its Metaverse mission, together with AR/ VR tech and Horizon World, however “could take 10 years to yield outcomes,” explaining: 

“An estimated $100B+ funding in an unknown future is super-sized and terrifying, even by Silicon Valley requirements.”

Somewhat, he has urged the corporate to focus extra on synthetic intelligence (AI) and fewer on the Metaverse, because it “has the potential to drive extra financial productiveness than the web itself.”

“Whereas most corporations will battle to monetize AI, we consider Meta is extremely properly positioned to leverage AI to make all of its current merchandise higher,” he added.

Gestner’s feedback come on the identical day the Financial institution of America downgraded Meta from a “purchase” to “impartial” valuation, partly as a consequence of its Metaverse investments prone to stay an “overhang” on the inventory due to the “lack of progress” and “new competitors from Apple.”

Gerstner added that over the past 18 months, Meta’s inventory has fallen 55% in comparison with a median of 19% for its “big-tech friends,” which he suggests “mirrors the misplaced confidence within the firm, not simply the unhealthy temper of the market.”

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Gerstner isn’t the one individual to suppose the way forward for the Metaverse is a comparatively “unsure” one both.

On Jul. 30, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin stated that whereas “the Metaverse will occur,” company makes an attempt comparable to these by Fb will “misfire” as a result of “it’s far too early to know what individuals truly need.”

The share worth for Meta Platforms Inc (META) has plummeted 60.53% over the past yr to $129.72 on the time of writing – a far better fall within the present bear market than the likes of Apple, Amazon and Google.

Meta is about to report its third-quarter 2022 outcomes on Oct. 26.