In the film The Social Network, Eduardo Saverin is given great dramatic
importance. He figures as the best friend of Facebook
co-founder, and later court opponent, Mark Zuckerberg.
In the movie's portrayal, Saverin was pushed out of the company he helped co-found. So what does the real Eduardo Saverin think
of this? On Friday, Saverin reveals his thoughts on the CNBC guest blog.
He does not talk about his relationship with Zuckerberg. But he does say that watching the movie reinvigorated his faith in business and innovation. Here are the key parts.
ON WATCHING YOUR LIFE ONSCREEN
Imagine sitting in a movie theater, and when the lights dim and credits roll, you see your life unfold on the screen. ... I watched, with amazement and humility, my life and experiences appear before my eyes in the recently-released film "The Social Network."
ON WHAT HE TOOK AWAY
What I gleaned from viewing "The Social Network" was bigger and more important than whether the scenes and details included in the script were accurate. After all, the movie was clearly intended to be entertainment and not a fact-based documentary. ... The true takeaway for me 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.
WHY ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS MORE DYNAMIC THAN EVER
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. ... In the digital world, the dependency on a large checkbook to start a business is diminishing. Instead, what has become increasingly more important is the help from others--the intellectual capital and know-how to succeed.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ENCOURAGING IT
What we must be most vigilant about is maintaining an economic system that continues to encourage entrepreneurship and creativity. If we want our country to truly succeed in the 21st century, we will need the public and private sectors to also think in creative ways to encourage and further facilitate the creation of new companies.