OK, so we all know Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a reputation for being treacherous and a bit of an arse, but this reference by Jason Calacanis to Asperger’s syndrome seems like sloppy labelling to me … otherwise, it’s an interesting opinion piece. A little self-indulgent, but that’s part of Jason’s recipe.
Last year, when I realized that Zuckerberg was an amoral, Asperger’s-like entrepreneur, [Comment: Say what?!?] I told Zynga CEO Mark Pincus that Zuckerberg would try and slit his throat. I knew this because I watched Zuckerberg screw over his users again and again in terms of privacy, and I heard about the stories of him screwing over his former employers at ConnectU and his early partners at Facebook.
The money quote from Business Insider’s scoop comes from Zuckerberg himself: “they made a mistake haha. They asked me to make it for them. So I’m like delaying it so it won’t be ready until after the facebook thing comes out.” He stalled and sandbagged ConnectU–then Zuckerpunched them! Of course, the person he said this to was his partner–Eduardo Saverin–who he reportedly screwed as well.
Add to all this that Zuckerberg was stealing every tiny innovation the second Evan Williams and the team over at Twitter released it, and Zuckerberg is clearly the worst thing that’s happened to our industry since, well, spam.
The whole rant is worth a read … including this:
Anyone who trusts Facebook to do the right thing for the industry, their customers or their application partners simply needs to look at their history. Remember Frank’s First Rule from “Scarface”: “Lesson number one: Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed!”
Plenty of tech people/geeks have Asperger’s tendencies — that doesn’t make them amoral, anti-social, grasping, double-crossing liars. See Asperger’s Syndrome, Sociopaths And Bipolar Disorder.
I’m just sayin’.