The Social Network, David Fincher’s filmadaptation of the book The AccidentalBillionaires, is a biographical drama about the founding of Facebook andits trials. After getting dumped by his girlfriend, Erica Albright, for being ajerk, he created a site named Facemashthat allows users to compare the attractiveness of girls from differentuniversities. After learning about how the traffic caused Harvard’s network tocrash, this impressed the Winklevoss twins and Narendra, who then proposed toZuckerberg to partner up in building HarvardConnection, an exclusive dating site for Harvard students.
Zuckerbergagreed to the proposal but later goes to Saverin and pitched his idea, Thefacebook, which is eerily similar to Harvard Connection. This brings us toone of the co-founders of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin. Zuckerberg came to himfirst rather than his other programmer roommates because he needed the start-upcash from Saverin and needed him to be the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Healso made a deal with him that Saverin will own 30% of the company at thestart. Mark Zuckerberg’s roommates, also co-founders of Facebook, Dustin Moskovitzand Chris Hughes contributed to the growth of Thefacebook as the vice president and head of programming, anddirector of publicity respectively. After Thefacebookgoes live and receives a lot of attention about it, Narendra finds out aboutthis and tells the twins, who are enraged by this betrayal.
The Winklevosstwins “thought” that Zuckerberg stole the idea from them because of the oddsimilarities between Harvard Connectionand Thefacebook like the site being exclusiveto students who have “harvard.edu” address. Zuckerberg repeatedly excusedhimself, cancelled their scheduled meet-ups through e-mail exchanges, and alsoled them on, making them believe that he was working on Harvard Connection. Another thing that led them to that speculationis when they saw in an article that Zuckerberg hoped to restore his reputationthrough the site which the trio suggested to him in their oral contract.
However, the three are having a hard time taking action on how to go about thesituation. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg expandedThefacebook to more different universities, they were able to not only getthe attention of Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster,but also meet him. In the meeting, Saverin thought that it was time to makemoney out of the site with advertising but Zuckerberg did not want to monetizethe system since it would be “uncool”. Parker, agreeing with Mark, dismissedhis idea, winning Zuckerberg over with his charisma.
He also was the one whotold them to drop the “The” in Thefacebook and just go with Facebook. This tension between the threegrew in time, damaging Zuckerberg’s relationship with Saverin, especially whenZuckerberg makes sudden business decisions without Saverin’s knowledge. This isone of the problems Zuckerberg encountered. The last straw for Saverin was whenhis share was reduced to only 0.03%, his name in the Facebook masthead nowhere to be found and kicked out of thebuilding. He threatened to sue him and successfully received a settlement anunknown amount and including his name again in the masthead.
Another problem ofhis, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss also sued Zuckerberg also, received 65million dollars as settlement. In the end, the settlement he paid didn’t hurthis bank account since he is the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.