Aaron Greenspan, a former Harvard student, who has claimed to The New York Times that he founded Facebook, has published on his personal site some early IM conversations between him and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that show a side of Zuck we haven't seen since he took his social network public. According to the file dates, these conversations took place in 2004, the year of the site's founding, showing us a less refined Zuck. Greenspan posted these in an attempt to show that at the time Zuckerberg acted in a "deceptive manner" and "completely ruined my career." He writes, "Concrete job offers evaporated while prospective investors turned away." In there, we do get a glimpse of a Zuckerberg that doesn't look much look like the diplomatic figure that now controls a publicly traded company. We're not sure how well it will help Greenspan's case, but it's a reminder of the type of person that founded Facebook.
Zuckerberg on "evil" venture capitalist types:
On "sketchy" ad companies:
On cool versus money-making.
Oh how times have changed. Now, Facebook would do anything to please those "sketchy" ad companies, who are questioning the value of giving their money to Zuckerberg's company. And, as we can see from that last chat, deep down (at least back then) he didn't want to have to care about those things. Now, as a public company, he has to. What would the Zuck of then say to the Zuck of now, giving pep talks about the "disappointing" stock? If there is one thing that has stayed constant since Facebook got big, however, it's the founder's insistence that he did not steal from the Winklevoss twins.
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