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July 14, 2009

News & Opinion: The Accidental Billionaires - Released Today

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal was released today by Doubleday, and its author has written briefly about it at Gloria McDonough-Taub's Bullish on Books blog. From Ben's post:
The revolution is here, and it didn't begin with gunfire or bomb blasts - it began with a Status Update. The world as we know it has changed, forever (and in my opinion for the better) and nobody could have foreseen how this revolution was going to go down - not even the group of brilliant, socially awkward kids who made it happen. I'm talking, of course, about Facebook.
Mezrich writes that Zuckerberg and Saverin started Facebook because, "Really, they just wanted to meet some girls." Ahh, the story of many young men, except this one ends up with the pursuers buried in piles of money. Not a business model likely to be simulated any time soon. You can read the rest of Ben Mezrich's post here.

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.