I've FINALLY gotten to watch The Social Network, the amazing movie that everyone saw ages ago. And I watched it on my Mac in a hotel room so it is hardly a cinamesque experience. But I am left going online to try and learn more about the people portrayed in the movie. One of the most interesting characters in the film is Brazilian-born Eduardo Saverin, Mark Zuckerberg's best friend and co-founder of Facebook. The two are Harvard classmates and Saverin was the one who put up the initial money to start the web site and he stuck by Zuckerberg even when the going was rough. It's painful to watch Saverin pushed out the company and to watch the deposition scenes where the two are facing off against eachother. And there seems to be some justice as he is now listed at Facebook as a co-founder and apparently received a settlement that restored a significant percentage of the company's stock to him. And it seems like there has been some type of reconciliation between the two. Saverin recently wrote an interesting piece talking about the movie and how one of the key takeaways was not who was and who was not a jerk but how the entrepreneurial spirit of a couple of kids changed the world. His hope is that the movie inspires people to want to create something like a Facebook. Saverin is apparently now using some of his fortune to invest in start up ventures that he thinks have some of the same potential as Facebook. Which is not a surprise because entrepreneurs are in it not just for the money but for the magic that the entreprenurial process fosters.
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.