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The accidental billionaires : the founding of Facebook, a tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal

Author: Ben Mezrich
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This is the tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook. Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends, outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and longtime legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with the opposite sex. The two figured  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Mark Zuckerberg; Eduardo Saverin; Mark Zuckerberg
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Mezrich
ISBN: 0385529376 9780385529372
OCLC Number: 422928345
Description: viii, 260 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: October 2003 --
Harvard Yard --
On the Charles --
Cannibalistic chickens --
The last week of October 2003 --
Later that evening --
What happens next --
The Quad --
The connection --
November 25, 2003 --
Cambridge, 1. --
January 14, 2004 --
February 4, 2004 --
February 9, 2004 --
American Idol --
Veritas --
March 2004 --
New York City --
Spring semester --
May 2004 --
Serendipity --
California dreaming --
Henley on the Thames --
July 28, 2004 --
San Francisco --
October 2004 --
December 3, 2004 --
April 3, 2005 --
April 4, 2005 --
What goes around--
--
June 2005 --
Three months later --
CEO --
May 2008 --
Where are they now--?
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This is the tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook. Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends, outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and longtime legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with the opposite sex. The two figured their ticket to social acceptance, and sexual success, was getting invited to join one of Harvard's elite final clubs. But on their road to getting punched into the famous Phoenix Club, they found an even more valuable ticket to social stardom. One lonely night Mark Zuckerberg hacked into the university's computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus, subsequently crashing the university's servers, and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his spartan Harvard dorm room, the barebones framework for Facebook was born. What followed, a real-life adventure filled with unimaginable wealth, sex, exotic locales, six-foot-five identical-twin Olympic rowers, and betrayal, makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. The great irony is that Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, while at the same time, it tore two best friends apart.

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