miércoles, 13 de abril de 2011

Web 2.0: Build empires by betraying your partners

A laureate movie can take "artistic" licenses from the truth, but it can be real hard to hide it when billions of dollars are at stake. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (and Divya Narendra) reached already a juicy $ 170 million out-of-court settlement with Mark Zuckenberg, but they decided that they deserved even more and went to court again... and lost. But it was worth trying!

Like a drug racket turned into a semi-legitimate megacorporation, Facebook's origins are mystified because the truth is not so sanitized as Zuckerberg wanted to be. Yes, there was enough betrayal, even for Paul Ceglia, who claims 50% of the company. Yes, Facebook is a big piñata, waiting to be beating in the courtyard. The case of Ceglia is not to be dismissed so easily as Slate wants it to be. There are hints at disturbing and revealing evidence of Ceglia's claims, after all.
That other Web 2.0 media darling, Twitter, has its own peccadilloes, too. Noah Glass have a thing or two to say about the not-so-heroic early days of the 140-character empire.
These people should learn from the old-school tech tycoons: Steve Jobs, and - believe it or not - Bill Gates.

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