on December 27, 2010
A handful of characters dominate the plot of this book: Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss and Sean Parker. All but Parker, the originator of Naptster, were undergrads at Harvard during the formation of Facebook. Despite the academic intensity of Harvard Zuckerburg manages to devote hours and hours to the development of this "social network" as does Eduardo. The Winklevoss twins are trying to launch their own internet social networking site and for a while have recruited Zuckerberg who sends several emails detailing his purported progress. However, when he launches Facebook, the twins become enraged, feel betrayed and spend a good portion of their time trying to thwart Zuckerberg or wrest some level of compensation. This conflict is secondary only to the one that grows between Eduardo and Mark. These two start off as close friends and colaborators but grow apart as Facebook becomes Mark's number one priority in life while Eduardo divides his priorities between facebook and finishing his Harvard education. Eduardo is the CFO and a founding father but is not a computer whiz kid. Sean Parker, a veteran of Silicon Valley, helps to expand Facebook through his West Coast connections and a fast talking, wheeler dealer style. Sean and Eduardo face off with one of them rapidly and decisively becoming the loser. These struggles in combination with the speed-of-light growth of Facebook and its ultimately culture defining and changing influence nationally and internationally set the course of the book. These main dramas receive color and further interest from the social lives of these personalities as well as the culture and fraternities of both Harvard and Silicon Valley. I thought it was a great read.
on June 29, 2010
I enjoyed reading Ben Mezrich's "Bringing Down the House" and thought I would enjoy this book even more. Boy was I wrong. It's really not that riveting. Some parts were interesting, but as the last review said, it's chock full of filler.
Frankly, I would have been more interested in reading about the changes facebook went through on a more technical level, than some of the bland details of these guys lives.
It's also disapointing that the main character (Mark Zucherberg) was not interviewed to get his side of the story.
I'm not sure how they are going to turn this book into an interesting movie, without stretching the truth.