If anyone has ever wondered what it takes to be hugely successful at something your good at or love to do, look no further than into the life of a driven, focused, ambitious, brilliant, dedicated & creative individual, who isn’t afraid to step outside the box and dare to be great for your blueprint! The new movie the Social Network shows us the early beginnings of an idea from computer programming genius and Harvard undergrad Mark Zuckerberg (played exceptionally well by Jesse Eisenberg), that started in his dorm room in Fall of 2003 and has grown into the billion dollar social networking empire we know today as, Facebook!
A wise man once told me that the best way for a new entrepreneur to start up a successful business, is to come up with an idea that improves upon something that is already being done and has succeeded! Zuckerberg already knew that there were social networking sites created already (Myspace, Friendster, etc.) but, what he did with Facebook improved upon them by allowing people to communicate with people they already knew and wanted the chance to reconnect with! That simple but clever twist is what helped separate Facebook from the other sites at the time, and helped to build up a phenomena unlike anything the cyber world had ever seen.
But like with any billion dollar idea, this one was not without it’s fair share of controversy! For starters, Mark was approached by fellow Harvard students Cameron & Tyler Winkle Voss (played by Armie Hammer & Josh Pence) along with their business partner, about developing a website strictly for Harvard students (whose premise and purpose seemed strikingly similar to that of Facebook’s). Mark initially said he would help on the project, only to put working on the website aside to build his own, and then eventually shrug off the Winklevoss twins project all together to start Facebook.
Then there is the strained and then eventually severed relationship between Mark and his best friend Eduardo Saverin (played well by actor Andrew Garfield) who provided the start up money for the company’s humble beginnings, only to later find himself squeezed out of his fair share of the company profits! Which might have had something to do with the other dynamic business mind in the fold, Sean Parker (the mastermind behind Napster) (played by a sinfully charming Justin Timberlake). As the films story unfolds and Parker becomes more involved in helping Zuckerberg push Facebook to the next level (global scale), Eduardo and his input seems to be pushed aside.
Now the real Mark Zuckerberg has gone on record in recent weeks stating that the film although supposedly based on how his company & website got started is at the end of the day entertainment, and more fiction than fact! So no one (except those individuals involved) will really know if he actually crossed lines, ethics, schoolmates and best friend’s in order to achieve his level of success or not. But truthful or not, it still makes for damn good entertainment! The actors all connected very well together and really drove the emotional tension throughout story along, as you curiously watched everyone scramble for their piece of the “billion dollar pie”! And with Facebook’s estimated net worth at about $25,000,000,000 to date (making Zuckerberg the youngest billionaire ever), that’s a lot of pie to go around!
The bottom line is it’s interesting & inspiring to see someone’s rise to the top by turning a passion or hobby into a major success story! Only time will tell what the future holds for Zuckerberg and the continued expansion of Facebook, but one thing is for sure. He’s got an entire global networking community (500,000,000 members strong on Facebook & growing) of friends waiting and anticipating his next move!
So on a scale of 1-5 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest, I give The Social Network 4 ½ stars. Till next time be safe and stay blessed!