Author David Kirkpatrick traces the story of the most powerful social networking tool of our day from its humble beginnings to its role as an international phenomenon. He is in conversation with TechCrunch's Michael Arrington.
The Facebook Effect is the only book written with the full cooperation of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Started only six years ago, Facebook can now claim more than 400 million users and a potential valuation of $100 billion by 2015.
Is an IPO forthcoming?
J. Michael Arrington
J. Michael Arrington is an entrepreneur and the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, a blog covering Silicon Valley technology start-ups and the wider technology field in the USA and abroad.
Wired and Forbes have named Arrington one of the most powerful people on the Internet. In 2008, he was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.
Founder, host, and CEO of Techonomy, David Kirkpatrick is a journalist, commentator about technology, and author of the bestselling book “The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World,” published in 32 countries. He spent 25 years at Fortune, where he founded and hosted the Brainstorm and Brainstorm Tech conferences. In addition to writing for Techonomy, he contributes to Forbes and Vanity Fair and is a contributing editor at Bloomberg Television. Kirkpatrick is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
TechCrunch's Michael Arrington accuses journalist David Kirkpatrick of one-sided journalism in his recently released book on Facebook over the legal disputes the company faced from the Winklevoss twins and Divya Narendra.
"If he stole anything," says Kirkpatrick, "there is nothing he stole that they didn't steal." Though he admits Zuckerberg "certainly sandbagged" the Harvard students.