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[经济学人] [2009.08.06] friends and foes 朋友与敌人









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The creation of Facebook

Friends and foes

Aug 6th 2009
From The Economist print edition

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

Guardian Reaching out to Mr Zuckerberg
卫报 走进扎克伯格先生

WHEN a geek leaves a hip party with a gorgeous girl on his arm, it is typically in a scene from a film rather than one from the real world. Yet in Silicon Valley, where pasty-faced youths with a penchant for churning out computer code are often feted as rock stars, celluloid fantasy can sometimes become reality. For the two friends who created Facebook, their site’s early success propelled them into a world of cool nightclubs and hot dates. But it also landed them in a legal battle that ultimately soured the relationship between the founders of the world’s most successful online social network.

Those looking for deep insights into the phenomenon represented by Facebook, which now boasts some 250m members, will be disappointed by Ben Mezrich’s book. Although he offers a cursory analysis of the network’s astonishing influence, the author concentrates primarily on the way Facebook was created and dives deep into the behind-the-scenes machinations as the company turns from an amateur experiment into a professional operation.

To veterans of the start-up world, the plot of “The Accidental Billionaires” will sound all too familiar. A couple of young nerds—two Harvard undergraduates, Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin—come up with a brilliant idea for a website and launch a prototype. As their creation expands beyond their wildest dreams, they are courted by silver-tongued venture capitalists. Some time after investors take a stake in the fledgling company, a decision is taken to change its management structure. Mr Saverin’s equity stake is diluted for reasons that he strongly objects to and he falls out with the other owners, including Mr Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive. Recriminations and lawsuits fly.

“The Accidental Billionaires” is at its best when it describes the fraternity-house atmosphere that governs the start-up’s early days. For instance, in one scene Mr Zuckerberg decides to hold a competition to recruit new programmers. This requires the candidates not just to hack through line after line of computer code, but also to drink shot after shot of whiskey at various points along the way.

Yet while Mr Mezrich spins a colourful tale from this and other snapshots, his take on the internal battles at Facebook is flawed. Mr Zuckerberg refused to be interviewed for the book, so the narrative is missing a crucial perspective. And Mr Mezrich appears to have relied heavily on sources with large axes to grind against Facebook’s boss. They include Mr Saverin ( “without whom this story could not have been written,” admits the author) and several Harvard students who once accused Mr Zuckerberg of stealing the idea for his social network from a project he briefly helped them with—a charge he has vehemently denied. A more balanced account of the friction behind Facebook remains to be written.

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