Thursday, July 16, 2009
Ben Mezrich interviewed about The Accidental Billionaires
Even though I said that the book had lies in it. It didn't stop Amazon from doing an interview with the author, check out the sample below:
Amazon.com: Your other nonfiction books have been about young Ivy League guys who try to make it big at the casinos or in the financial markets. But this one is about perhaps the biggest casino of them all, or at least one with the biggest payouts: Silicon Valley. Could you talk about the new casino and how you got to know it?
Ben Mezrich: Well, the new book is about Facebook, and I love Facebook, I was on Facebook. But I didn't know anything about how Facebook actually happened, and I got an email at two in the morning from a kid who is a Harvard student, and he said, "I got a story for you," which you hear all the time, but I went out with him and I met this kid who had cofounded Facebook. And it's this wild story about these two kids in a dorm room--and a bunch of other kids who also claim it was their idea--and it just got bigger and bigger and bigger and now it's billions of dollars, but they're still just kids. So I was really led into this world that I knew nothing about.
Amazon.com: So tell us about that kid, it's Eduardo Saverin? He's not the name we associate with Facebook.
Mezrich: No, this kid was, "I want you to meet my friend who cofounded Facebook," and so I assumed, okay, it's got to be Mark Zuckerberg, because everyone knows Mark Zuckerberg. But there was another kid and his name was Eduardo. And Eduardo and Mark were best friends. They had met in an underground Jewish fraternity at Harvard. And they were geeky kids who were sort of trying to meet girls and trying to be cool and really, together--I mean, Mark is the genius behind Facebook, but together they created that idea. And they were in a dorm room basically and it was one of those things that just happens. So yeah, Eduardo nobody knows about, but now people will.
Amazon.com: And he was the moneyman--kind of the business side of it?
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