Facebook's road to IPO: 10 memorable moments

The good, the bad, the Facebook

By , ITworld |  IT Management, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

Sophomoric pursuits

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts October 23, 2010. Cameron and Tyler both rowers were members of the U.S. National team during the 2008 Olympics in Bejing and were made famous by the movie 'The Social Network'.

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February 2004
Facebook population: 1

To Divya Narendra, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, launching a Harvard-based social network probably sounded like a multi-billion-dollar idea. And it was -- just not for them. Hiring sophomore ubergeek Mark Zuckerberg to write code for HarvardConnection proved a fatal mistake. By the end of 2004, Zuckerberg's "TheFacebook" boasted more than 1 million members on hundreds of US campuses. The lawsuit over who owned the rights to the idea would drag on for years and result in a pretty entertaining movie (see slide #8). The rest, as they say, is history.

The Good: Changed the face of the Internet forever
The Bad: Foisted "the Winklevii" onto an ungrateful nation

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