What are the original Facebook founders doing today?
Despite all the controversy and the lawsuits surrounding the founding of Facebook, the fact remains that it is now one of the biggest companies worldwide. Over 1.3 billion Facebook users are active monthly. There are 680 million mobile Facebook users, but everybody’s got to start somewhere. So, just who were originally responsible for the biggest social networking site we all know and love today?
He is the eternally popular Facebook co-founder. Interestingly, Mark Zuckerberg has a red-green colorblind condition, leaving blue as the best color he can see, hence Facebook’s color theme. "Blue is the richest color for me. I can see all of blue," he says. His interests on his Facebook page include Eliminating Desire and Breaking Things, and his net worth is currently $26 billion.
Complete with all the drama and intrigue that only Hollywood can perfect, Eduardo Saverin’s alleged tragedy was chronicled in the movie The Social Network, where it was purported that he was treated less-than-fairly by Mark Zuckerberg when Facebook first began. Now, he funds a new Google alternative called Qwiki, the goal of which is to “turn information into an experience. We believe that just because data is stored by machines doesn’t mean it should be presented as a machine-readable list.” He has a net worth of approximately $1.15 – 2.5 billion, with about 5% stake in Facebook.
As engineering VP, he was in charge of the bulk of technical input in Facebook’s strategies until the year 2008. He is now a founder of Asana, an effective business method of boosting teams and work groups’ workplace efficiency. Its user interface is similar to Facebook, which is a pleasing familiar territory but for more professional purposes. He currently has an approximate of 6% in Facebook stake.
A good friend and coding partner of Mark Zuckerberg, Adam D’Angelo built an intuitive music program called Synapse with him. When Adam went to Cal Tech and Mark to Harvard, they kept in touch throughout Facebook’s inception, and Adam eventually became the CTO for Facebook. Today, he runs Quora, a Q&A website with a big and loyal fanbase.
Andrew McCollum was responsible for designing the iconic profile picture for users who don’t have a profile picture on Facebook yet. He is currently the co-founder of JobSpice, which is an incredibly useful tool for those who are on a job hunt. It uses CSS and Web applications to format and fine-tune attractive resumes to perfection.
With a net worth of about $500 million, the former Facebook spokesman is doing incredibly well in his life after Facebook. Known as “the kid who made Obama president”, he is highly credited for coordinating Obama’s online campaign flawlessly. Now that he has founded the social networking site Jumo, he aims to change the world. The nonprofit site where he is the executive director has an admirable goal of partnering with charitable institutions to inspire people to make a change in this earth we live in.