[I]t's interesting what stuff [The Social Network] focused on getting right. Like every single shirt or fleece in that in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own.
[The movie suggests that] the whole reason for making Facebook and building something was because I wanted to get girls or because I wanted to get into some social institution. The reality for people who know me is that I've been dating the same girl since before I started Facebook, so obviously that's not a part of it. But I think it's just such a big disconnect from the way people who make movies think about what we do in Silicon Valley—building stuff. They just can't wrap their heads around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things.
I've embedded the clip below, and the full interview is here. I must say that Zuckerberg's handling of this movie from a PR perspective has been masterful. He's manages to come away from it seeming mature, reasonable, and sympathetic.
Then again, I don't think the movie was particularly unkind to him. I'd guess most people who saw the movie came away thinking more highly of Zuckerberg and Facebook than before they went into the theater.
Last updated: Oct 27, 2010
Senior contributing writer MAX CHAFKIN has profiled companies such as Yelp, Zappos, Twitter,
Threadless, and Tesla for the magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. @chafkin