Mark Zuckerberg starts hacking
In the first half of the book you learn the troubled, and sometimes chaotic, history of Facebook’s creation. We learn that Mark Zuckerberg used the time he saved from not attending classes to create the first version of the website. He also used the site to help himself pass an art history class by posting pictures of paintings and asking classmates to post notes next to each. Soon after Facebook was launched, Zuckerberg realized he needed help. His roommate Dustin Moskovitz became the person who woke up every morning fearful that competing websites were going to speard to other colleges – this fear fueled the fast expansion of the early Facebook. Zuckerberg, pragmatic as he was, rewarded Moskovitz with giving him more equity.
The book doesn’t worship Zuckerberg, pointing out his unusual social ways on many occasions. Still, the athor attempts to show what makes Zuckerberg work: how he makes decisions about his company, and what sort of people he surrounds himself with.