Eduardo Saverin saves face blogging about ‘The Facebook Movie’

Eduardo Saverin (left), and Andrew Garfield (right) - who played him in the film.

Eduardo Saverin is finally speaking publicly about The Social Network. If you’ve seen the film, you will remember that Saverin was one of the original co-founders of Facebook. Saverin was responsible for the business side of Facebook during the early years. He graduated from Harvard University with an Economics degree. He has remained fairly mute on the subject of the movie until now, but a recent blog has shed a little light on his feelings about it all.

Saverin is an occasional guest blogger on Last Friday he wrote that what he found most compelling about the film was “who said what to whom and why.” He wrote, “I have wondered how Hollywood would depict [Facebook's] creation and development on the big screen,” noting that “the movie was clearly intended to be entertainment and not a fact-based documentary.” Saverin also wrote that “the true takeaway … 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.”

British actor Andrew Garfield played Mr. Saverin on the big screen, where was depicted as a man who had somewhat less grandiose goals compared to founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg).

Saverin’s blog was actually much more about the value of entrepeneurship than any scathing opinion on The Social Network. Rather than focus on his own personal feelings about the movie, he seemed more focused on what the viewer from the business world could take away from the film, writing “Unlike so many things in life, there are no boundaries as to who can be an entrepreneur. You can be a college student… True innovation is blind.”

Well, it seems that The Social Network got at least one thing right; in the film Saverin comes across as a class act. From the looks of things, he really is one. Saverin ended the blog by saying that “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.”

I’d invest in an idea like that.

Greg Victor

Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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