Analysis of “The Social Network”
“The Social Network” is a biographical drama adapted from the 2009 Ben Mezrich book, “The Accidental Billionaire.” The movie portrays the founding of the social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. It should be noted that some of the key figures in the story call the movie a “dramatization of history” and Mark Zuckerberg has noted that the much of the films plot was not factual. However, Eduardo Saverin was a consultant for the book.
With that said, write a 1-2 page essay describing THREE issues that arose in the early years of Facebook, specifically about relationships, roles, and rewards. I am not looking for a critique of the movie. Think about the following:
• Rewards: How was the initial founding equity split determined? Was it done properly? Would you have done it differently?
• Roles: What role did Sean parker play in the venture? Did that conflict with Eduardo Saverin’s role in the venture?
• Relationships: Based upon the movie, how did Zuckerberg, as the main founder, handle the various relationships that he had?
There may be other themes that arise from the movie as well. You may explore any of those instead of the above issues as long as they relate to the concepts in the course.