The Social Network – Quotes and Concepts for Discussion
Mark Zukerberg got rejected by Erica Albright, so he took revenge on her by posting some very unflattering comments on his blog. He then essentially took revenge on all women by creating “Face Mash” which posed pictures of girls side by side and allowed you to vote on how hot they were.
Erica Albright (to Mark Zuckerberg): “You write your snipe from a dark room because that’s what the angry people do nowadays. I was nice to you. Don’t torture me for it.”
Erica Albright: The internet’s not written in pencil, Mark. It’s written in ink. And you published that Erica Albright was a b**** right before you made some ignorant crack about my family’s name, my bra size, and then rated women based on their hotness.”
Erica Albright: As if every thought that tumbles through your head was so clever it would be a crime for it not to be shared.
Mark Zuckerberg: I need to do something substantial in order to get the attention of the clubs.
Erica Albright: Why?
Mark Zuckerberg: Because they’re exclusive and fun, and they lead to a better life.
Mark Zuckerberg: As for the charges, I believe I deserve some recognition from this board.
Ad Board Chairwoman: I’m sorry?
Mark Zuckerberg: Yes.
Ad Board Chairwoman: I don’t understand…
Mark Zuckerberg: Which part?
Mark Zuckerberg: Eduardo, it’s like a Final Club except we’re the president.
In a world where social structure was everything (Harvard, Ivy League schools), Facebook was huge.
Exclusivity was a key component.
Face is the “true digitalization of real life.”
Mark Zuckerberg: “We don’t know what it can be. We don’t know what it will be. We know that it is cool.”
Sean Parker: We lived in farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re gonna live on the internet!
Marylin Delpy: You must really hate the Winklevosses.
Mark Zuckerberg: I don’t hate anybody. The “Winklevii” aren’t suing me for intellectual property theft. They’re suing me because for the first time in their lives, things didn’t go exactly the way they were supposed to for them.
Sean Parker: A Stanford MBA named Roy Raymond wants to buy his wife some lingerie but he’s too embarrassed to shop for it at a department store. He comes up with an idea for a high end place that doesn’t make you feel like a pervert. He gets a $40,000 bank loan, borrows another $40,000 from his in-laws, opens a store, and calls it Victoria’s Secret. Makes a half million dollars his first year. He starts a catalog, opens three more stores and after five years he sells the company to Leslie Wexner and the Limited for four million dollars. Happy ending, right? Except two years later, the company’s worth 500 million dollars and Roy Raymond jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge. Poor guy just wanted to buy his wife a pair of thigh highs.
Harvard undergrads would rather invent a new job than find one.
Gage: Mr. Zuckerberg, do I have your full attention?
Mark Zuckerberg: [stares out the window] No.
Gage: Do you think I deserve it?
Mark Zuckerberg: [looks at the lawyer] What?
Gage: Do you think I deserve your full attention?
Mark Zuckerberg: I had to swear an oath before we began this deposition, and I don’t want to perjure myself, so I have a legal obligation to say no.
Gage: Okay – no. You don’t think I deserve your attention.
Mark Zuckerberg: I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try – but there’s no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention – you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.
Mark Zuckerberg: Did I adequately answer your condescending question?
Mark: A guy who builds a really nice chair doesn’t owe money to everyone who’s built a chair