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Becoming Facebook by Mike HOEFFLINGER

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Preface

In 2009, Mark Zuckerberg was immortalized in Ben Mezrich’s Accidental Billionaires—a book that starts with the sentence, “It was probably the third cocktail that did the trick” and served as Aaron Sorkin’s source material for the movie The Social Network—as a morally dubious, socially awkward coder mostly motivated by meeting girls. Facebook, with just 150 million users at the beginning of 2009 and coming off a year with only $270 million in revenue, was considered as uncertain a business as MySpace, which was still the largest social network in the United States.

By the end of 2015, Zuckerberg was feted as one of the greatest CEOs and philanthropists ever, Sheryl Sandberg as not only a model COO but a leading light and voice in equality, ...

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