Continuing with my GBU human interest stories that highlight folks that have made both exceptionally fortuitous decisions, as well as those that will never be inducted into the Good Decision Hall of Fame. I hope you enjoy them.
The Ugly: Joe Green took his dad’s advice and said no to Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg’s college roommate, Joe Green, turned down an offer to help Zuckerberg start Facebook.
When the two were at Harvard, they created a Hot-or-Not-style website called Facemash,
which got the pair in trouble with the university. When Zuck asked Green to help him with Facebook, Green’s dad discouraged his son from doing another project with Zuck.
Had Green joined the company in those early days, he believes he would have gotten about a 5% stake in the company, which today would be worth about $7 billion.
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