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Running Facebook must be awfully time-consuming. That’s the only reason I can think of as to why a part-time web development gig posted on Craigslist would call for “a Mark Zuckerberg,” and not the Facebook founder himself.
The author claims to be a VP at a Fortune 500 company. His request is simple: “a business partner like Zuckerberg who can take my vision, and with some Red Bulls and a laptop turn it quickly into reality. The concept is so good, after the website is up, just a few press releases and we’re on the way. It can’t, and won’t, be ignored.”
As if a project with such a visionary isn’t enough of a reward on its own, there is also money involved. Build this person the next Facebook and you get $1,000 and a 33% equity stake.
With terms like that, I’m surprised they’re looking for a Mark Zuckerberg and not an Eduardo Saverin. -Mason
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When I saw the headline Facebook Co-Founder: What I Learned From Watching “The Social Network,” I was super pumped — especially when I saw it was written by Eduardo Saverin.
Saverin sued ex-BFF Mark Zuckerberg for the right to call himself a Facebook co-founder — and a valuable stake in the company. Saverin, a wealthy Brazilian, provided startup cash when the venture was just getting started.
A sad story for sure. (But don’t feel too bad — Saverin is the youngest person on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans.) Truth be told, it’s a juicy one, too — hence my excitement when I saw he penned a review of “the Facebook movie” for CNBC.com.
The nut graf: “The true takeaway for me was that entrepreneurship and creativity, however complicated, difficult or tortured to execute, are perhaps the most important drivers of business today and the growth of our economy.”
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkSorry, I fell asleep at my computer. I didn’t think Saverin would spill his guts, but I figured there’d be some juicy stuff. Good thing he doesn’t have a Facebook — his status updates would be uberlame. -Julianne
Forbes magazine released its annual list of the 400 richest Americans on Wednesday, and I did a quick write-up for CNNMoney last night.
Per usual, the tech sector made out well this year. Microsoft founder Bill Gates is yet again the richest man in America with an estimated fortune of $54 billion, up from $50 billion in 2009. Larry Ellison, chief executive of Oracle, clocked in at No. 3 with $20 billion.
The Facebook boys hit a few notable milestones. Founder Mark Zuckerberg, who was No. 35 on the list, saw his wealth rise 245% over the year — the largest percentage increase on the list.
Facebook’s Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin joined the list for the first time. At 26 — 8 days younger than Zuckerberg — Saverin is the new youngest on the list.
Of course, Saverin’s gains were hard-won; he had to sue former BFF Zuckerberg to get credit for helping launch Facebook. Friend request rejected. -Julianne
photo: Charis Tsevis
"Mark’s contributions were frequently broken, late, or non-existent, and in the end our final project didn’t function largely thanks to him. Of course, to Mark none of that mattered." —Aaron Greenspan, in a HuffPo article posted today titled “The Legend of Mark Zuckerberg.
It’s an interesting read, as Greenspan is a former Harvard classmate of Facebook CEO Zuckerberg. Greenspan claimed he had a hand in developing the social networking giant, and the case was settled last year.
Greenspan emailed me the link this morning; he and I had chatted last month about a court filing he’d made, asking for an extension of time to file an opposition to Facebook’s attempt to trademark the word “face.”
The piece is long but compelling, and Greenspan doesn’t pull any punches. He calls out everyone from Zuckerberg to Harvard administrators to the creators of the upcoming biopic The Social Network.
“By replacing his awkward, stilted speech pattern with an unending stream of Aaron Sorkin’s intellectual zingers, Mark’s legend will benefit in a way that Bill Gates’s never did,” Greenspan writes.
He also skewers what he calls “Facebook’s doublespeak, redefining ‘friend’ as ‘someone you barely know’ and ‘utility’ as ‘something that sucks up your free time’ … These linguistic gymnastics are non-trivial and should frighten us all given how significant they have become in the daily lives of many.”
It’ll leave you with a chill. -Julianne