One of the most talked about subjects in the past two weeks, no doubt, is the request for an initial public offering (IPO) of Facebook, which can be worth between US $ 75 and US $ 100 million. This is all without counting the more than 850 million users registered on the network, where at least half of that number accesses the site frequently.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the social network, was still studying at Harvard University (United States) when he decided, together with Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and the Brazilian Eduardo Saverin, to found a social networking site for campus students. In theory, this was portrayed in the award-winning film “The Social Network”, in 2011, which told a little about the history of creating Facebook.
But during the first paper notes, meetings and other meetings of Zuckerberg and his colleagues, what were the plans? The fact that the invention of the social network was not a foregone decision. The website Business Insider he had access to one of the conversations between Zuckerberg and his former best friend, Adam D’Angelo, during 2003, when the plans to found Facebook were still only in the mind and dreams of the young prodigy.
Due to a lawsuit between the two, these instant messages were kept confidential. In one of them, Mark Zuckerberg, who at the time was 19 years old, comments with D’Angelo, who would later become the technical director of Facebook and, later, the co-founder of Quora (a question and answer page), about an idea to revolutionize the concept of “dating sites” and what they would look like from Zuckerberg’s project. Apparently, the founder of the world’s largest social network was concerned. Follow.
Zuckerberg: So you know how I’m doing this dating site.
Zuckerberg: I wonder how much this idea resembles Facebook.
Zuckerberg: Because they will both be released at the same time, probably.
Zuckerberg: Unless I screw the guys on the dating site more and leave the group before saying what I did.
Zuckerberg: I don’t think people would sign up for Facebook if they were looking for dating
Zuckerberg: And I think people are not very receptive about joining the dating thing, either.
Zuckerberg: I would like to know what the ideal solution is.
Zuckerberg: I think Facebook, by itself, would attract a lot of people, unless it was launched at the same time as the social networking site.
Zuckerberg: In this case, the two things would cancel each other out and we will gain nothing. Any idea? As a good way to consolidate the two.
D’Angelo: We can do it on a network, like a Friendster. haha. [A Universidade] Stanford has something like that, internally.
Zuckerberg: Well, I was thinking of doing that with Facebook. The only thing different from theirs is that you can request relationships with people or connections with Facebook without having to be via a system.
Zuckerberg: I also don’t like the fact that I’m doing this with the help of other people haha. How I hate to work depending on other people. I feel like the right thing to do is to finish Facebook and wait until the last day, before having all your stuff ready. Then, be like “look, yours is not as good as this one, so if you want to join my network you can … otherwise I can help you with your site later.” Or do you think it is too heavy?
D’Angelo: I think you should just ignore them.
Zuckerberg: The fact that they have a programmer who could finish the project and they have money to pour into advertising and stuff. But wait, I have a lot of money. My friend [Eduardo Saverin] wants to sponsor this idea, and it will be the head of the investment company. Apparently, hiding the trading of values is not illegal in Brazil, which is why he is rich. LOL
Business Insider points out two aspects to this conversation. The first concerns what appears to be the moment when Zuckerberg decides not to work for others, and to raise funds, at his own risk and risk, to build what would become Facebook. The second D’Angelo, which suggests making a network similar to Friendster.
Months later after these messages, Mark Zuckerberg, with the help of Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin, his friends at Harvard, built Facebook – which at the time was called “The Facebook” – and saw the social networking prototype grow rapidly.
A few months later, Zuckerberg and his friends moved to California and started working full-time on Facebook. At the end of July, the site reached the mark of 1 million users, with only seven months after the launch.
However, despite initial success, an online conversation between Mark and an unidentified person on July 26, 2004, debated who would pay the legal bills if Facebook were to be sued. Furthermore, the website was not Zuckerberg’s top priority at the moment.
Confident: Well, you must get the shares back.
Zuckerberg: I will not pay lawyers’ fees.
Zuckerberg: The company that pays haha
Confident: Nice. I hope this happens soon, so you can move on and work only with what you want
Zuckerberg: Well, I just need to boost Wirehog
Confident: So you have been getting answers about it?
Zuckerberg: Whose answers?
Zuckerberg: Other reverse control systems [VCs, na sigla em ingls]. Still talking to Google and Friendster.
As for this conversation, Business Insider says that Zuckerberg was not sure if he would continue with Facebook, considering that the young man wanted to “boost the Wirehog”, which has since been described as a file-sharing service. Google cited because, at the time, rumors said that the company would buy Facebook, probably for a price of approximately $ 100 million dollars.