The Social Network: Where Are They Now?

The Social Network has been received extremely well by critics across the boar, earning a 97% from Rotten Tomato and being compared to classics such as ‘Citizen Kane‘ and ‘Rashomon‘ . The movie is superbly directed and the script is impeccably written, and hell, even Justin Timberlake gave a solid performance in his role of Napster creator, Sean Parker. However, after watching the movie – which you should if you haven’t – you are left with two lingering questions: How true are the events depicted in the movie and what happened to all those people?

In our previous post, we went over some the factual errors that bend and distort the truths in the story of Facebook’s inception. In this part, we will be going over where are the characters now.

Mark Zuckerberg

Well, I think he dropped the “I’m CEO Bitch” from his business card but he definitely is the CEO of Facebook and still at the top of his game. While the movie paints Mark as the social awkward borderline asperger nerd, in reality he’s much more normal than that, except for being one of the youngest billionaires on earth. You can see him below talking about the early days of Facebook in an interview with the Business Insider, and he seems perfectly normal – though he never blinks!

What Is It Like to Work With Facebook & Zuck?

We have all heard about how it feels like to work at Google and how Google is the trend setter of creating the perfect environment for creativity and employee retention. But Facebook is different. Rarely have we ever heard about how it feels like to work with Mike Zuckerberg, a company that employs more than a 1,000 able people must have a story or two to share.

The fact that rarely anything about working at Facebook, or with Zuckerberg, is featured in the media made me curious to learn more about.

The Beginning

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Zuck Man

Mark Zuckerberg was somewhat of a local celebrity at Harvard in the fall of 2003. His first site Facemash was a hit at campus; a hot-or-not site for Harvard. Due to that popularity, he was recommended to code another project.

During that time Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra were on the lookout for a programmer to code their idea for them. They wanted to create a social media network for students at Harvard and then potentially expand it to other universities. Based on the recommendation they received, they contacted Mark, and both parties agreed to start working on the project. While at first Mark was enthusiastic about the project, shortly his tone and enthusiasm waded. He went from saying “I read over all the stuff you sent and it seems like it shouldn’t take too long to implement, so we can talk about that after I get all the basic functionality up tomorrow night” to “The week has been pretty busy thus far, so I haven’t gotten a chance to do much work on the site or even think about it really“.

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