Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Today, Zuckerberg’s creation, FaceMash, has sold for $30,201.
What Made Him Haute: The Web 2.0 wunderkind designed the perfect vessel to make social networking appeal to the increasingly addicted masses; he actually made it useful for everyone, whether young or old, hip or geeky. At 26 years old, Zuckerberg represents tech’s next generation of connected users. It also helps that in 2007, Microsoft bought a stake in the company, valuing it at $15 billion, making Zuckerberg the youngest member of Forbes’ billionaires list in 2008, although he fell below the billion mark in 2009.
What Makes Him Haute: “This is a piece of Internet history — history of a Web site that perhaps is second only to Google in global influence,” gloated an auctioneer after selling FaceMash to an anonymous buyer for $30,201. It’s likely you’ve never heard of the site, as Harvard administration shut it down quickly after it went up, but it’s very likely you’ve heard of its creator: Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg created FaceMash as a site used to rate pictures of people for their level or attractiveness from his Harvard dorm room in 2003. It became an immediate sensation for students but not for the administration, who quickly shut it down. And though the site has a defunct domain since then, its appearance in the recent movie The Social Network got traffic moving and people interested again.
Flippa, the auction site, will not disclose the name of the buyer, but they did affirm the buyer isn’t anyone from Facebook or Sony Pictures — the studio behind the film.