Friday, January 7, 2011

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal

Accidental Billionaires is about the founding of Facebook. This book is based on interviews done by the author. Most of the book reads pretty easy anyone who has a Facebook account should definitely give it a go.

Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, students at Harvard, both geeks who lack much of a social life. Eduardo is more interested in social activities than Mark and tries to join the Phoenix Harvard club. Mark, out of frustration, creates Facemash a site for rating girls which almost gets him kicked out of Harvard. Months after that, perhaps based on inspiration from what became the connectyou site, he created a first version of TheFacebook. At first, this site was exclusive for colleges and it grew very fast. Mark moved to California and got additional funding to build Facebook to what it is now, Facebook. During that period, Mark got into several conflicts with Eduardo and the founders of ConnectYou.

I say that the book is definitely worth reading if you are interested in the founding of Facebook, but it is not a definitive must read. The book was pretty much what I expected when I picked it up. 3 Stars

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