Watching “The Social Network”, regardless of whether the stuff they show there about Mark Zuckerberg are true or false (or somewhere in between), you canâ€™t help but think itâ€™s a great movie. Also, it made my mind race with a few thoughts.
It’s one of the first movies (if not THE first) that illustrates the web 2.0 start-up world. Hollywood has been slow in recognizing the impact of web entrepreneurship on the world and even more specifically on the lives of Y-gens. I hope that the movieâ€™s success will result in more movies about entrepreneurship in the Tech world.
Another thought is that this movie pitches, not directly, that quitting school is a good thing. Although they don’t discuss it at length, the movie signals that if you are the next Mark Zuckerberg you should quit school. Okay, so a classic counter argument would be that 99.9999% of the population are not the next Mark Zuckerberg, but as quite a few academic researches show, most people have a confirmation bias about themselves and think they are capable.
Itâ€™s interesting to note that thoughts leaders are also pitching dropping school. Last week a group of students at UC-Berkeley (including me) got quite a treat: a lively discussion with TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington.
Arrington was very direct, and said that the kind of person who wants to increase his chances of success by getting a masters degree isnâ€™t an entrepreneur; older entrepreneurs have no chance of raising money (so theyâ€™re a lost cause).
Overall, I think that â€œThe Social Networkâ€ is a good thing. This movie and others that could follow will help spark innovation and push more entrepreneurs to get out of their comfort zone and do what they believe in doing.