Eduardo Saverin, the estranged co-founder of Facebook, has posted on the CNBC Guest Blog sharing his thoughts after seeing The Social Network.
“Imagine sitting in a movie theater, and when the lights dim and credits roll, you see your life unfold on the screen,” Saverin writes. “I recently had this opportunity as I watched, with amazement and humility, my life and experiences appear before my eyes in the recently-released film The Social Network. As a co-founder of Facebook, I have wondered how Hollywood would depict its creation and development on the big screen. Would it be accurate? Would it showcase our failures, as well as our successes?”
Saverin doesn’t use the blog post to rehash his own version of how Facebook was founded and how he was pushed out of the company. I guess he didn’t need to – the version of events in The Social Network is heavily influenced by Saverin’s account. (Although, Saverin notes that the movie was “clearly intended to be entertainment and not a fact-based documentary”).
Instead, Saverin used the blog post try to elevate himself above the crowd by writing about the importance of entrepreneurship in American society. Whether it’s part of an intentional strategy or not, it’s probably a smart play for Saverin to be seen to take the high ground at this point. If I were advising him on public relations, I’d also be at pains to ensure he didn’t come across as bitter and sad as the way he is portrayed in the film.
“The true takeaway for me was that entrepreneurship and creativity, however complicated, difficult or tortured to execute, are perhaps the most important drivers of business today and the growth of our economy,” he writes.
“While watching the “Hollywood version” of one’s college life is both humbling and entertaining, I hope that this film inspires countless others to create and take that leap to start a new business. With a little luck, you might even change the world.”
Depending on your point of view, you’ll either find his post uplifting and inspiring or incredibly pompous.
Photo: Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin and Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” (Columbia Pictures).