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The Facebook story

Have you seen the preview for The Social Network?   It is the movie based on the Accidental Billionaires, a book inspired by the early years of Facebook.

The book and movie bring to life a version of Facebook's history that suggest its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, may have stolen the idea from someone else.  Moral considerations aside, my response? It is irrelevant.

Anyone who has ever worked for an early stage company will tell you that products are shaped by a million decisions, large and small, over time.  External factors, and how leaders choose to react to them, also play a major role. But it's a fallacy to suggest that merely having an idea similar to someone else's means that execution would also be the same.

Facebook's history itself makes this abundantly clear.  I recently read The Facebook Effect, the story of Facebook as told by David Kirkpatrick. It was Zuckerberg's commitment to a particular aesthetic, relentless resistence to ads that disrupt the user experience, the decision to create a photo application and so many other choices over time that led to the Facebook used today.  

Relevancy aside, I am looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out in October.

Alexis Rodich

 |  July 26, 2010; 6:38 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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