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Hardass Asian Parents, take note.
You can be an artist, and still rule at the maths. That’s true, at least, in the case of Korean American graffiti artist David Choe, who painted the walls of Facebook’s first corporate headquarters back in 2005. Instead of taking cash for his work, Choe chose to be paid in Facebook stock, even though he thought Facebook was “ridiculous and pointless” at the time. (This was his right brain talking. His left brain, meanwhile, was ignoring the right brain as it crunched the numbers.) As Facebook prepares to go public at a valuation between $75 and $100 billion, Choe’s stock will reportedly be worth $200 million.
Now that Choe no longer has to rely on art to pay the bills, he’s free to pursue his real dream…of becoming a doctor!
Filed under: Artists, Asian American Artists, David Choe, Facebook, Facebook IPO, Facebook Stock, Graffiti Artists, Hardass Asian Parents' Nightmares, Hardass Asian Parents' Wet Dreams, Korean-Americans, Mark Zuckerberg, OGs, Payouts, Really Smart People
Gawker Reports Mark Zuckerberg’s Engaged, Which Leads To A Discussion Of What’s Wrong With Asian Women, Naturally
Mark Zuckerberg is engaged! Maybe. Bill Gates seems to think so anyway, calling Zuckerberg’s longtime girlfriend, med student Priscilla Chan, Zuck’s “fiancee” in a recent interview. Gawker picked up on this, and naturally, naturally, a conversation ensued in the comments section concerning why someone like Cilla would be with someone like Zuck.
Filed under: Asian Women Explained, Asian Women White Men, Bill Gates, Blog Commenters, Facebook, Facebook Rumors, Gawker, Gawker Commenters, Harvard Alums, Interracial Relationships, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg Engaged, Mark Zuckerberg Fiancee, Mark Zuckerberg Girlfriend, Priscilla "Cilla" Chan, Priscilla Chan, Priscilla Chan Mark Zuckerberg, rumors
Nary Manivong was abandoned by his parents at the age of 14, leaving him and his siblings homeless. Today he’s a fashion designer showing a collection designed with Ally “Yes, My Dad Is Tommy” Hilfiger for Fashion Week, and the subject of the documentary, Dressed, now playing in New York City. [HuffPo]
The new It Bag? A murse! Luxury handbags from fashion houses such as Gucci, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton are de rigueur status symbols for today’s affluent Chinese man. [LAT]
Jared Eng, creator of the popular gossip blogs Just Jared and Just Jared, Jr., shows that being a nice guy and a celebrity gossip blogger are not mutually exclusive. [NYT]
When Mark Zuckerberg unfriends you, he doesn’t fuck around: The Facebook founder has taken out a restraining order against Pradeep Manukonda, who’s stalked Zuckerberg at the Facebook offices and once at his home. [Gawker]
Italian fashion label Prada is planning to go public on the Hong Kong exchange. Their stock certificates are probably going to be gorge. [NYM]
Los Angeles-based musician Daniel Ho has two albums nominated for this year’s Grammy award for Hawaiian music. This is raising questions of authenticity among native Hawaiian musicians who’ve been overlooked in this category. [NYT]
Filed under: #NYFW, Daniel Ho, Dressed the movie, Facebook, Fashion meets finance, Grammys, Hawaiian music, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Jared Eng, Just Jared, Just Jared Jr., Luxury Goods, Mark Zuckerberg, Nary Manivong, New York Fashion Week, Prada, Pradeep Manukonda, Priscilla Chan, Randi Zuckerberg
BABEWATCH: Divya Narendra, The Real-Life Indian Dude Who Wasn’t Played By An Indian Dude In ‘The Social Network’
Occupation: CEO and co-founder of SumZero, a professional networking site for investment banker-ish people, co-founder of Harvard Connection (later named ConnectU), and suer of Mark Zuckerberg
By now you know the name Divya Narendra, one of the founders of Harvard Connection/ConnectU who sued Mark Zuckerberg for stealing their idea for a social networking site. You know this because you’ve seen The Social Network, where Narendra is played by Max Minghella. Minghella isn’t Indian like Narendra, although he is of some Asian Persuasion (Minghella’s mother, a native of Hong Kong, is Scottish and Chinese). Still, this is kinda creepy, no?
What Narendra IRL and Narendra in The Social Network do have in common is that they’re both hot, in that Ivy League, elitist fuck-sorta way. (Although apparently, Narendra IRL comes from humbler origins.) And ladies, good news: Divya Narendra’s interested in women. We know that from stalking–what else?–his Facebook profile.
Filed under: Brownface, Cameron Winklevoss, Desis, Divya Narendra, Facebook, Facebook Lawsuits, Harvard, Harvard Alums, Hot Asian Men, Indian-Americans, IRL, Mark Zuckerberg, Max Minghella, Social Networking, The Social Network, Tyler Winklevoss
It’s hard to believe that Facebook was launched six years ago today–where did the time go?
Oh, that’s right. Facebook ATE it.
It sucked it, wasted it, and frittered it away with its poking and SuperPoking and its Zombies and Vampires and those virtual gifts we actually spent non-virtual money on and its middle-of-the-night defriending sprees and its putting your Mom on limited profile once she joined so she wouldn’t see all of your stoned pics and its Scrabulous and Scrabble and Mafia Wars and its 25 Things list and other oversharing memes and its secret groups and Fan Pages and Doppelgänger Week–oh, Doppelgänger Week, how we loved thee–and [deep breath] that thing it was actually designed for, connecting with people or whatever, finding old classmates/childhood friends/colleagues/exes you were happy to see had gotten fat yada yada, and flirting with strangers.
Good lord. Now that we think about it, what did we do before Facebook filled our lives with all of this, well, filler? Like, actually talk to people? Weird.
Does anyone really care about the Facebook Movie? Or, for that matter, Facebook? Sure, Facebook currently boasts 250 million users, and Mark Zuckerberg had his official coming-out party as a mogul on Oprah a few months back, but all that really means is that your Mom is now on Facebook, sending you Growing Gifts once a week, trying to friends your friends, forcing your guilty conscience to take down your many stoned pics, while you take refuge more and more on Twitter, where you’re safe for now, where your Mom’ll only migrate to in a few years once she’s figured out its goshdurned lingo (“Twitted…or tweeted?”). So I guess what I’m really asking is, does your mom care about the Facebook movie? And will she actually spend $14 on a movie ticket to see how the most popular social networking site came to be?
These are the questions I had while slogging through Aaron Sorkin’s 162-page first draft of The Social Network, aka The Facebook Movie, based on Ben Mezrich’s book, The Accidental Billionaires, that was written without Zuckerberg’s cooperation and came out this week. (Mezrich also wrote Bringing Down the House, about the MIT blackjack team who stole millions from various Vegas casinos, which became the movie 21.) Facebook reps have declined to comment on the book, and employees were reportedly sent letters months ago telling them not to speak with Sorkin.
One reason Zuckerberg and Co. might not care about–or rather, care for–the Facebook Movie is that, contrary to reports that the script makes him out to be an “obnoxious nerd,” The Social Network does him one worse: it makes him into a dull one. He spends a sizable chunk of the script’s 162 pages sitting in a deposition room, talking to lawyers, getting sued by two different parties. There are a few scenes in which he is either seen writing code or…wait for it…talking about writing code. HTML code, people! Other than getting laid by an Asian chick in a bathroom stall at a “nice club in Cambridge..(playing)…thumping…house music”–whatever that means–Zuckerberg’s life comes across as a rather joyless verging on meaningless grind.
Even Sean Parker, who was anointed the “rock star” of The Social Network in another script review, isn’t a particularly interesting Silicon Valley bad boy. We’re supposed to believe that he’s some kind of 22 year-old visionary iconoclast, but he comes off more like a mid-level Hollywood douchebag.
He orders lacquered pork and foie gras and appletinis at a trendy Tribeca eatery (p. 102)!
He dates a Victoria’s Secret model (p. 121)!
He goes to a sorority party and makes a phone call explaining the significance of picture-sharing while a 17 year-old girl sprinkles coke on her boobs nearby (p. 154)! Then gets busted!
Scintillating stuff, right? David Fincher seems to think so. And maybe, just maybe, your Mom will, too. If she hasn’t moved on to Twitter by the time the movie comes out, and isn’t too busy figuring out what the deal is with RT’s and #’s.
Filed under: Aaron Sorkin, Ben Mezrich, Boring Nerds, Eduardo Saverin, Facebook, Facebook Movie, Mark Zuckerberg, Nerds, Oprah Winfrey, Sean Parker, The Accidental Billionaires, The Social Network, Twitter
Facebook CFO Gideon Yu, who has been with the company just under two years, is leaving, reportedly because he, too, thinks the new, frenetic, update-y, kinda desperate-seeming, Twitter-wannabe Facebook sux.
Or something like that.