根据外媒报道,在去年10月时,扎克·伯格向全世界宣布,他将全力投入元宇宙,投入总额达到100亿美元,并且未来几年将继续投入资金。不过现在,他的公司的股价接连几个月遭受重创,他也渐渐的不再坚持自己的投资态度。

扎克·伯格在Meta第一季度的电话财报会议上表示,鉴于“我们目前的业务增长水平”,Meta将“放慢我们的一些投资步伐”。Meta第一季度的利润为75亿美元,同比下降21%。营收增长7%,至279亿美元,是该公司自10年前上市以来的最低增速。2022年的目标支出范围降低了30亿美元。

因为扎克·伯格认为元宇宙的最终规模会和现在的移动互联网一样大,所以扎克·伯格每年仍在花费数十亿美元为元宇宙开发设备和软件。 Meta旗下的现实实验室(Reality Labs)部门拥有约1.7万名员工,仅在上季度就亏损了近30亿美元。现在扎克·伯格还要面对的问题是,Meta的投资者现在对这样的支出水平感到不安,尤其是这么大量的投资要在多年后才能收到“回报”。

According to foreign media reports, in October last year, Zuckerberg announced to the world that he would fully invest in the Metaverse, with a total investment of $10 billion, and will continue to invest in the next few years. But now, his company’s stock price has been hit hard for several months, and he has gradually stopped sticking to his investment attitude.

Zuckerberg said on Meta’s first-quarter earnings call that Meta will “slow down some of our investments” given “the level of growth we’re seeing in our business right now.” Meta’s first-quarter profit was $7.5 billion, down 21% year over year. Revenue rose 7% to $27.9 billion, the slowest pace since the company went public a decade ago. The target spending range for 2022 was lowered by $3 billion.

 

Because Zuckerberg believes the metaverse will eventually be as large as the mobile internet today, Zuckerberg is still spending billions of dollars every year developing equipment and software for the metaverse. Meta’s Reality Labs division, which employs about 17,000 people, lost nearly $3 billion in the last quarter alone. The problem for Zuckerberg now is that Meta’s investors are now uncomfortable with this level of spending, especially since such a large investment won’t “return” over many years.

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