First of all, happy new year’s to everydody. My readers, my family and friends. Vacations were awesome, thus no time for posts.
To kick start the year I would like to examine 2010 Time Person of the Year, Mark Zuckelberg. Who’s the man behind Facebook, the second fastest growing company in the world? A question that is, economically at least, worth noting.
How does the 2010 movie “Social Network” portray, the then 20 year-old, founder of Facebook?
In the movie Mark Zuckelberg is portrayed as an ambitious, fearless genius. He is also displayed as a bit of an asshole. Applying my three years of psychological studies here’s what we get as far as personality.
Using Eynseck’s famous three traits of personality: Zuckelberg is
- introverted: self-centered
- non-neurotic: low in emotions
- and non-psychotic: low on the mind’s happy chemical – dopamine (sucks for you dude)
Using Heymans and Le Senne´s Characterology Theory:
Zuckerberg was born a sanguineous
- low on emotions
- compelled to action
- not inhibited by the norms or expectations of society
- likes to live on the present (weak on long-term friendships)
- doesn´t relate well with sentimentalists.
But then again, it’s a movie. So chopping off the dramatic elements, lets look at the facts for a clearer picture.
- His inspiration for ¨Facebook¨ came from a group of fellow classmates at Harvard. He wanted to work alone, and work by himself he did. Later, when his fellow classmates sued him for intellectual theft, Zuckerberg paid them $65 million.
- Facebook´s co-founder, Eduardo Saverin was the one who initially financed the proyect ($19,000) and was promised a 24% share. In a sneaky maneuver, Zuckerberg later reduced Eduardo´s share to less than 10%. (by selling more shares). Eduardo Saverin sued Mark Zuckerberg and settled for a undisclosed amount of money (around $200 million – would be my guess)
Turns out, the Ego behind Facebook is a bit of an egoist himself.
Morale of the story:
- Teamwork is for suckers (unless that team is working for you)
- Stay close to those who are useful (cut off those who aren´t)
- Egoism and money (a winning combination)
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