Originally Posted by LA Guy
This. It's hard to project power when you don't feel comfortable. I work with startups too. No one gives a fuck, as long as your junk is not hanging out.
I still disagree. Not that one needs to be as formal as a banker in these situations, but one's appearance should be enough of a departure from everyday to signify the importance of this event to them
. While FB is a huge IPO for reasons both monetary and symbolic, the bankers will pitch hundreds of these in their careers, Zuckerburg maybe one or two. I also know plenty of bankers and know that their attire when seeing clients (suit, tie, conservative shirt, polished lace-up shoes) is different from their client-free days (when it's slacks, checkered button-ups and loafers).
MZ can live without any given banker, but he can't live without all of them and it would have been wise to step it up just enough so that people knew he understood just how important this was for his company.