You want to know what America is all about? Watch The Social Network.
I am no huge fan of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, though I will say that I have built a business helping companies understand the power of his creation.
Creation, what a great word. Create, generate, invent. Tossing aside that the Facebook team may be adrift at this moment and that Facebook is not nearly as fun as it used to be, Facebook is nonetheless a fantastic creation and a monumental business success. (To put it mildly.)
The Social Network chronicles the rise of Zuckerberg from Harvard dorm room, to the heights of Palo Alto, to the top of the business world over the period of 4 years. It is one of the greatest business movies there has ever been. Every aspiring entrepreneur should watch this movie at least once.
The film also chronicles the troubles associated with such a meteoric rise. Women, friends, hangers-on, lawyers, VCs, etc. There is the issue that he froze out his best friend Eduardo which appears to be a significant lapse in judgment, at least seen through the prism of the movie, but overall Zuck comes out looking pretty good.
The movie is a testament to genius and will.
One of the other things I like about the movie is how Zuckerberg (the Long Island Jewish kid) deals with 3 classmates (of extreme privilege) who claim to have been the originators of Facebook.
In one scene one of the plaintiffs says, “ I can’t wait to stand over your shoulder and watch you write us a check.”
Zuckerberg responds with, “Yeah, no sh–.” With three words he dismisses the troll. I just love that.
Another scene that is even better is when Zuckerberg explains his contempt for the 3 who are suing him to their lawyer. It can be seen HERE.
“If your clients want to try to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have every right to give it a try…”
The birth of Facebook is an example of how the world can be changed (for the better I believe) despite those who loathe agents of change. Thankfully tech is a part of the economy that moves ahead of the regulators. Hopefully it always will.
I leave you with one of the most inspiring business scenes ever in cinema, HERE. Enjoy!
Nick Sorrentino 11-11-11