The Facebook Story

The original title of this book is “Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good”. It’s supposed to be about Web 2.0 era companies such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Digg. After the movie Social Network, the shady UK publisher wanted to ride the hype that was created by the movie. If you’re looking for Facebook’s story, I recommend reading The Facebook Effect instead.

This book is centered around Max Levchin (PayPal, Slide) and Marc Andreessen (Netscape, Opsware) and PayPal mafia. Stories related to Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson from Digg and Sean Parker, Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook constitute a big part as well. The most interesting fact I learned from this book was that one of the first P2P networks KaZaa later resulted in the birth of Skype. Janus, one of Skype’s cofounders, dropped out of high school and was hired by the other cofounder for the help desk of KaZaa.

Overall, if you’re really enthusiastic about Silicon Valley figures, and would like to remember some internet history, then you could read this book. I enjoyed it, but can’t recommend it to everyone.

February 2, 2011



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