The Ego behind Facebook

First of all,  happy new year’s to everydody.  My readers, my family and friends. Vacations were awesome, thus no time for posts.

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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.

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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:

  1. Teamwork is for suckers (unless that team is working for you)
  2. Stay close to those who are useful (cut off those who aren´t)
  3. Egoism and money (a winning combination)

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P.S. – Don´t forget to follow me on Facebook  = P

Also, you don’t want to miss next week’s post – Review of George Friedman’s  2009 book “The Next 100 years

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One response to “The Ego behind Facebook

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