Mark Zuckerberg was Travis Kalanick before we ever knew the name

In post-dot com era Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg was the poster child for all things bro culture. The flip-flop clad, hoodie-wearing savant was thrust into the spotlight in his early 20s, and with his rise to fame came elements of toxic culture we didn’t yet understand: playing fast and loose with the rules, lack of loyalty (or females and minorities for that matter) in the ranks, and the “move fast and break things” mantra that’s come to define Silicon Valley.

Zuckerberg was, for all intents and purposes, Travis Kalanick — a man of astute mind, who was arguably better leading from the sidelines rather than the front line.

The similarities are everywhere. Both have faced PR disasters and legal trouble; both have been accused of stealing intellectual property; and both have been chided by media as everything that’s wrong with the current tech climate. It’s not worth rehashing each company’s respective missteps, but suffice it to say — they look strikingly similar.

The only thing lacking is a movie detailing Kalanick’s rise to fame. Or, maybe a painfully awkward interview with Sarah Lacy.

Zuckerberg, like many near-instant billionaires, took on a sort of God complex in which he — and Facebook’s top brass — ran the company as if growth were all that mattered. Nothing stood in his way, and in his quest for world domination he showed us as much by playing with our emotions, thumbing his nose at government regulation, and attempting to smear Google through a shady PR campaign.

Mark Zuckerberg was not a “good” guy. Facebook was not a “good” company.

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