Is Facebook Ready for the Big Time?

Facebook Inc. is gearing up for what is expected to be one of the biggest-ever initial public offerings for a Web company. But as the social network moves toward an IPO it must prove to investors that it is ready for the big time.

That task falls to Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, 27, who built Facebook out of his Harvard College dorm room in 2004, and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, 42, a former Google Inc. executive.

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