The film tells the story of how a group of young students created modern day social media when they started the website, Face book. When Harvard University student, Mark Zuckerberg, is dumped by his girlfriend he goes on an alcohol fueled search for revenge. After writing a blog bashing his ex, he creates an on-campus website that asks has individuals rank the beauty of different female students. The website draws so much traffic that it crashed the University's servers.
He's put on academic probation by the school. The stunt drew the attention of the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler. The twins offer Mark a job designing a dating website for Harvard students. Mark had bigger plans; he solicited some start up money from his friend Eduardo Saverin. Mark and Edward move forward. They even join forces with Napster co-founder, Sean Parker.
The popularity of the website explodes beyond Harvard and expands to other universities. Zuckerberg and Parker relocate to California to lay the foundation of the business. Parker and his investors trick Saverin out of his share of company stock and thing quickly grow bigger than any of them could ever imagine.
The film is intercut with different phases of litigation in various lawsuits. A lawyer on Zuckerberg's defense team, Marylin Delpy, stands with him to fight charges of fraud and intellectual property theft from Saverin and the Winklevoss twins.
Jess Eisenberg stars as Zuckerburg and he is joined by an all star cast. The film also features Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss twins, Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, and Rashida Jones as Marylin Delpy.
"The Social Network" won several Golden Globe Awards including the award for best motion picture-drama, best director, best screen play, and best musical score. It was also nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three.
So what went so wrong with Facebook's recent debacle of an initial public offering? If you've got theories, do give the Securities Exchange Commission a buzz. They've got their own questions, Deadline reports. It's the old Chinese curse, all over again: "May you live in interesting times." As a consequence, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be witnessing the writing of the sequel to "The Social Network." SEC chairwoman Mary Shapiro announced Tuesday that the federal market-monitoring agency is examining "issues" with last week's disappointing IPO.
With the great Facebook executing the third-largest IPO in US history today, valuing the 8-year old company at ~$110 BILLION, we thought it would be timely to list a few items these newly minted millionaires should make pronto. 1. We all love our Apple products here in SF. But, everyone has the typical MacBook in the city. Why not have the ORIGINAL Apple-1 to show off to your friends? How much will this set you back you might ask? $219,249 - small change for big timers.
With yet another popular media-sharing platform on board, Facebook's omnipresence and horizontal integration just keeps growing longer. The Mark Zuckerberg-helmed social media giant laid out $1 billion in combined cash and stock to purchase the massively popular photo-sharing platform Instagram, as The Los Angeles Times reported Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday through a post on his own flagship platform. The reaction? Unanimous: 10,000 "likes" within less than an afternoon.