Accidental Billionaires

Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich


ISBN
9780434019557
Published
Binding
Paperback
Pages
272
Dimensions
136 x 214 x 22mm

From the moment they met, Eduardo and Mark Zuckerberg had an intense bond. Both outsiders at Harvard, the two boys shared a geeky awkwardness - especially when it came to matters of the opposite sex.

But at Harvard, social acceptance was something you had to apply for. The Final Clubs, elite societies that had groomed generations of powerful men, were at the top of the social hierarchy and acceptance into one meant instant cool. But without family money or innate charisma, Eduardo and Mark turned to their natural talents and hacked into the administration's computer system, pulled up a picture of every female student and designed a complex alogarithm named FaceSmash that allowed users to rank their 'hotness'. Within two hours 80% of Harvard's population had voted and the university's computer system crashed. Narrowly escaping expulsion, Eduardo and Mark refocused their programming into something less controversal - Facebook. It spread like a wildfire across campuses... and around the world.

Suddenly, Eduardo and Mark had gained notoriety and were finally getting nods not just from their fellow students but also from Venture capitalists who threw larger and larger sums at them to buy Facebook. With that the first cracks in their friendship started to appear. Before long, what began as a simple argument erupted into an out and out war with back-stabbing and actual violence.

THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES shows, with compulsively readable verve, an American Dream polluted by sex, greed, betrayal and excess.
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