Keep the Power: Lessons From Mark Zuckerberg

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He Ditched His Co-founders

It may not be pretty, but part of Zuckerberg's huge success is attributable to the fact that his co-founders were pushed out early on, and left without taking huge chunks of the company with them. Take, for instance, Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg's college buddy and co-founder. As the site grew, Zuckerberg and Facebook's investors reportedly pushed Saverin out of the company by diminishing his role. In April 2005, Saverin sued Facebook—and Zuckerberg, personally. Saverin won, but he didn't get half the company. He got 5%.