The best and the brightest…. Tech bubble.

As a 23-year-old math genius one year out of Harvard, Jeff Hammerbacher arrived at Facebook when the company was still in its infancy. This was in April 2006, and Mark Zuckerberg gave Hammerbacher–one of Facebook’s first 100 employees–the lofty title of research scientist and put him to work analyzing how people used the social networking service. Specifically, he was given the assignment of uncovering why Facebook took off at some universities and flopped at others.

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” [Hammerbacher] says. “That sucks.”

This Tech Bubble Is Different,” by Ashlee Vance, April 14, 2011


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