September 28, 2010
September 28, 2010
NOW& 160;A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, "THE SOCIAL NETWORK," starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Rashida Jones; directed by David Fincher
Exuberant and revealing, The Accidental Billionaires is a fast-paced, inside look at a story of fortune gained and innocence lost, and how a company that was created to bring people together ultimately tore two friends apart.
In 2003, Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergrads and best friends looking for a way to stand out among the university’s elite and competitive student body. Then one lonely night, Zuckerberg hacked into the campus computer system to pull off a prank that crashed Harvard’s network. This stunt almost got him expelled, but it also inspired Zuckerberg to create Facebook, the social networking site that has since revolutionized how people around the world communicate. With Saverin’s funding their small start-up quickly went from their college dorm room to Silicon Valley. But different ideas about Facebook’s future tested Zuckerberg and Saverin’s relationship, which then spiraled into out-and-out warfare. Soon, the collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of venture capitalists, lawyers, and big money.
Ben Mezrich has found a comfortable niche in the nonfiction market with his lurid tales of brilliant young mavericks who use their preternatural intelligence to hatch morally questionable schemes which earn them ridiculous amounts of money. His latest venture documents the rise and divide of Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg, a pair of Harvard geeks who transformed their desire for female companionship into one of the most popular and profitable websites on the planet--Facebook. As Mezrich tells the tale, the initial stages of Facebook were Saverin and Zuckerberg's attempts to create a database of all the female students at Harvard, but they soon realized that the format they had created had almost limitless possibilities for allowing people to connect online. Sadly, as the popularity of the site increased exponentially and the revenue started to pour in, the once insignificant differences between the two friends became magnified and they were soon seeing each other only from opposite sides of a courtroom. Mezrich effortlessly negotiates the reader through this astonishing modern saga of technology and greed.
- Genre: Biography + Autobiography
- Subgenre: Business
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Ben Mezrich
- Online Item #: 13136992
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3483
- ISBN: 9780307740984
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported