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The author centers the book around how lawsuits against Mr. Zuckerberg came to fruition based on the alleged stealing of social network ideas, the alleged stealing of programming code, and the alleged corporate expungement of one of the founders. Mezrich plays up the battle of wanted credit and recognition with an underlying theme of sex, money, genius, and betrayal. Mezrich is an author who writes nonfiction books on young, sometimes geeky, geniuses and their road to success, fame, money, and power. A Harvard graduate, Mr. Mezrich is a columnist for Boston Common and a contributor to Flush magazine. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, the best seller that inspired the film
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Mark Zuckerberg studied computer science and was from New York, the son of a dentist and a psychiatrist. While in high school, Mark created software called Synapse. The software was a plug-in for MP3 players that allowed the device to learn user preferences and create custom playlists. Mark posted his program and distributed it free to anyone who wanted to download it. This caused numerous companies to contact him to download the software. On the other hand, Eduardo Saverin didn't know much about computers and programming.
He was an administration student. However, during his summer vacation, Eduardo earned about three hundred thousand dollars by investing in oil with his brother, using an investment strategy based on understanding how weather conditions affected its price. Eduardo's family was Jewish and had moved to Brazil after the holocaust, but when Saverian was still a boy, he had to move again, this time to Florida, where Eduardo's father would become a very successful banker. However, Harvard students, Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin were far from the most popular student groups because they were different.
Eduardo was working hard to get into the Phoenix Club, a sort of popular Harvard fellowship known for its uniqueness. Aside from having contact with future billionaires, powerful individuals and even future presidents, if you belonged to one of these clubs, you could spend the weekends at the best parties on campus, surrounded by girls.
This last point in particular - meeting girls - was what most drew Eduardo's attention. Mark left early, went back to his room, and browsed the Internet. He started browsing his student house's website - a photo database of students who lived in the same building. Mark also sent e-mails to his friends, and one of them suggested that Mark create a code to compare the students' pictures and create a list of who was the best looking.
Another friend also suggested, as a joke, that he compared the people in the database with animals. At 11 pm that night Mark realized he would need more photos if he wanted to rank who was good looking or not. The solution was simple - to hack the server at Harvard University and access the photos of all the houses on campus. At 4 am Mark Zuckerberg had downloaded thousands of photos of Harvard's online dormitory databases on his laptop.
He decided to give a name to the domain of his project and registered the domain Facemash. About 72 hours later, Mark had Facemash. It was a simple website that allowed users to compare photos of two students and vote on which was the prettier. So the user watched the algorithms mathematically calculating who the most beautiful girls on campus were. He sent emails to some friends to ask what they found and went to a class. When he returned a few hours later, he discovered that Facemash.
The Winklevoss twins The results of the brief existence of Facemash. It came as no surprise when Mark was called in to appear before the Harvard student disciplinary board. The council consisted of three deans and a couple of computer security experts. Mark promptly admitted his guilt and apologized for the controversy he generated.
To soften the situation, he pointed out to the board that his actions had demonstrated serious security flaws in the Harvard computer system and even volunteered to help them fix them.
He also pointed out that he took the site offline immediately after finding out it had gone viral, stressing it was not his intention. Moved by Mark Zuckerberg's obvious social awkwardness, the deans decided they wouldn't expel or suspend him from Harvard. Instead, Mark received a kind of "probation" and was warned that he should stay out of trouble for the next two years. Mark's reputation with other students was also hampered, especially with girls.
Shortly after the Facemash disaster, Mark received an email from some Harvard students, inviting him to work on a project. These students were the twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss and Divya Narenda, who were in their last year. Almost everyone on the campus knew who the Winklevoss twins were, blonde athletes almost six feet tall. They were also members of the rowing team, with a good chance of reaching the Olympics.
Their friend, Divya Narenda, was less well known because he wasn't an athlete like the twins. All three were members of the Porcellian Club, Harvard's most exclusive club, whose members were recognized for success after graduation.
The twins Winklevoss and Divya Narenda had been working for two years on a business plan to launch a new startup called "The Harvard Connection," which purported to be a site that would put Harvard social life online and make it easier for students to meet. It would be a place for online meetings where students could share information and connect. The only problem was that neither the twins nor Divya had the skills to set up the site.
After Mark Zuckerberg became famous with Facemash, the twins and Divya decided to invite him to the Harvard Connection project. They sent an email to Mark, and he replied that he was interested. They suggested that the site would need only ten or fifteen hours of work to get ready. The Facebook is born When Mark and Edward returned to Harvard after a two-week vacation in the winter of , Mark was filled with enthusiasm for a new site he wanted to build.
This site would be an extension of the Facemash experiment - a social networking platform that would be unique. People could create their own profiles with the photos they wanted.
Users could then describe their interests and what they were looking for online - friendships, love interests, etc. Mark also suggested that users might have the ability to invite their friends to join the site. In many ways, Mark's inspiration came from Friendster, another social network growing at the time.
TheFacebook would be a mix of the best features of Facemash and Friendster. A savvy Californian, Sean Parker, who had created Napster as a high school student, caught the whiff of success in the air when he spotted facebook. He came on board and was able to introduce Zuckerberg to investors who saw dollar signs when they realized the rapid and unstoppable growth of Facebook.
After Zuckerberg, who quit Harvard, moved his operation to the San Francisco area and teamed up with Parker, it wasn't long before Saverin was squeezed out.
When Parker was arrested at a party, Zuckerberg fired him as Facebook's president. Zuckerberg would not let anyone or anything damage Facebook. Saverin's settlement was not publicized but his name suddenly appeared back on Facebook as a co-founder. By , Facebook had over million members. No one knows what Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, is worth but it is accepted as fact that he is the youngest self-made billionaire ever.
This section contains words approx. Set up a giveaway. May 16, Elizabeth Ricks rated it liked it. Still, I appreciate what Facebook has done to revolutionize social media. While it is sad that several young entrepreneurs feel slighted and betrayed by Mark Zuckerberg, it certainly isn't surprising.
Don't most start-up companies have their growing pains? And this is kind of a twist because while the Winklevoss twins think they had the idea, they didn't do any of the coding or creating. This time the guy who actually put in the work got the credit and the lion's share of the money.
Oct 01, Eli added it. Thompson, minus the drugs and the guns and the suicide… I write about kids living this high life, and I do it, too. And it has proved to be an extremely lucrative blend for this author. What his books lack in style I hope Janet Maslin never reviews my work , I do think they make up for in their speed.
These books are incredibly easy and readable. Lets close with a visit to http: An interesting history of the origins of Facebook by a creative Harvard undergraduate interested in facilitating the process of dating. That the social networking software now used by million plus users was invented by a socially inept and ethically handicapped nerd has a certain fable-like quality. The author unfortunately makes extensive use of dubious constructed dialog, which the author based on interviews with one-time friends and early partners who eventually were left in the dust of t An interesting history of the origins of Facebook by a creative Harvard undergraduate interested in facilitating the process of dating.
The author unfortunately makes extensive use of dubious constructed dialog, which the author based on interviews with one-time friends and early partners who eventually were left in the dust of the meteoric trajectory of the invention. He also fails to uncover enough about the background and mindset of the central figure, Mark Zuckerberg, for the book to qualify as serious biography or history.
Still get an interesting tip of the iceberg.
The strange alignment of the frat-house lifestyle of the core team with the wealthy and ambitious venture capitalists of Silicon Valley especially deserves a more in-depth treatment. Dec 20, Juliana rated it really liked it Shelves: The author's way of writing a real story had already captured me on the other book about the MIT boys and Las Vegas. This time was no different.
His storytelling is catchy and you won't stop reading so soon. I finished it in one day, after pages. Don't be fooled, though.
The real story behind the creation of Facebook can be found only with each founder. This book and the movie based on it are only a part of the story. Also this was the basis for my course conclusion work on journalism, about b The author's way of writing a real story had already captured me on the other book about the MIT boys and Las Vegas. Also this was the basis for my course conclusion work on journalism, about books adaptations for movies.
Very interesting way of analyzing this book too, since it is also based not only on a book but also on a true story. Jul 14, Susan rated it really liked it. This is a fast paced book detailing the meteoric rise of Facebook and it's founders. It is pretty amazing. What, however, amazes me even more are the young women, highly educated, mind you, who prostitute themselves willingly for sport with virtual strangers.
It is somewhat understandable that women do this for love or money, but what has educating women done for them if they can't respect themselves? I realize that self respect is taught from birth at home, but education should turn on a light This is a fast paced book detailing the meteoric rise of Facebook and it's founders. I realize that self respect is taught from birth at home, but education should turn on a light or two. I saw the movie first and then came across the book it was based on.
I listened to the audio version. I enjoyed listening to this story, even though it has to be imaginative about some of the events due to not being able to speak with Mark Zuckerberg.
Dec 31, Hannah Lei rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss are twin brothers and were seniors at Harvard, as well as star crew rowers who had been developing their idea of a website to be used by Harvard students to connect with each other and were looking for a new programmer. This argument is described through most and the rest of the book.
My favorite character in the book was definitely Mark Zuckerberg, mainly because his wit and ingenuity impressed me. The characters felt very real to me, especially since they are all real people and most of them are still alive today.
Throughout the book when I became interested in certain characters, I could simply look online to find more info about them. The story kept me guessing when I began to wonder about some of the details about the lawsuit that were not enclosed. My favorite part of the book was when Mark finally cut Sean Parker from the company because Sean was caught by police while at a party where there was cocaine and alcohol with underage people.
I never liked Sean Parker because of his attitude toward the company and Eduardo. It seemed like his only sight was to make money and take over the business part of the company by squeezing Eduardo out of Facebook.
I thought the serious and intense scenes were well-written and really captured the whole feeling of tension in the room through diction and imagery. Like I said, the book tells an intriguing and thought-provoking story, which kept me turning the pages. I wish the ending did not have such an abrupt cut-off in the story line. I am still interested in what happens later on even though I know the book was written a while ago in , so there could have been limits in providing further information.
I found it difficult to care about Eduardo Saverin. Although Sean Parker did his best to try and exclude Eduardo from the business, Eduardo seemed like he was not putting the most he could into the company. I also found it hard to sympathize with Mark because of his apathetic responses toward serious and important situations when he should have been more concerned or excited.
Then again, he seems like a more reserved person. I gave the book a rating of 4, because I really enjoyed seeing the backstory of how Facebook came to be. I check Facebook almost everyday and it is amazing to see the difference between the very first version of Facebook and the version many people use today.
Ultimately, I did enjoy the book thoroughly, and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone willing to read it. Jan 12, Trey Felts rated it really liked it. The Founding of Facebook A young college sophomore by the name of Mark Zuckerberg is trying to find his way through college life at Harvard University.
Eduardo Saverin is a college junior who cares about two things: Eduardo is trying to get into one of the Final Clubs at Harvard: At a party initiation for this club is where the computer genius and young busin Trey Felts-7th Mrs. At a party initiation for this club is where the computer genius and young businessman met each other.
It was from there that they had become friends and eventually business partners in the founding of a successful social website: Throughout the novel, they struggle to maintain the business and find sponsors and advertisers for the new website. Although there were many quirky or interesting characters in this novel, Mark Zuckerberg is my overall favorite character.
His lack of expression is very mysterious and interesting and it confuses people that try to read him. The characters were described very well and I indeed feel like they were actual people. The story kept me guessing if they would get shut down or if the business would survive.
My favorite part of the book was when Mark proved his hacking capabilities and got out of the consequences because it proved that people sort of new what he was capable of and respected him for it. The tense scenes were written particularly well because there are plenty of them inside this novel. This book actually made me laugh a few times due to scenes that you would not expect to happen as fast as they did.
The story really made me keep reading because it makes you feel like you need the details and to know what happens in the end. To be honest I found this novel a bit dragging. At times, it was boring and it lacked action. The ending was not really a cliffhanger. Sure, there was more information that I would have loved to find out but not anything that I felt like I needed to know. The book would have been more interesting if it had hinted at certain facts but left them out of the picture wondering what they were.
Ultimately, I gave the book a four star rating because I was impressed with the content and story but not the layout of the novel and how it was expressed.
Not a lot of action but when the action was happening, it was passionate and well-thought out.