Social media giant Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a familiar name across the world. From how Facebook was started to the journey to bring it to the top of the social media platform pecking order, all these facts are known about him. But very few would know the people behind Facebook when it was just a startup and what happened to them thereafter. Well, making it No. 1 was a team effort and it included men and women working with great imagination as well as putting in top effort. However, the initial team left the company at some point of time or other except two who are still working with it including Zuckerberg, reports Business Insider India. The reason behind their leaving social network was to work at other tech companies or start their own enterprises. So here we have picked up the names of 10 team members who were associated with FB in its initial phase. Have a look at where they now are:
1. Eduardo Saverin – The Brazillian entrepreneur and one of the co-founders of Facebook is now an angel investor based out of Singapore. Zuckerburg had diluted Saverin’s shares leading up to court settlements. At present, he owns a mere 0.4% of the company’s shares.
2. Sean Parker – He co-founded Napster, a nascent stage iTunes, and other startups like Plaxo, Causes, Airtime. In 2004, he was invited to join Facebook and became its first President. Presently he is the founder and chairman of Parker Foundation.
3. Ezra Callahan – He was at a Dublin youth hostel, and quite broke when he was asked to join Facebook by Sean Parker. Callahan used to sell ads for the Standford campus newspaper, the Stanford Daily, and was given the task to show the investors how a social website could also generate income. The sixth employee of Facebook who never went to law school as planned, “Fuzz” Callahan has a chain of hotels in Palm Springs – Arrive Hotels.
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4. Matt Cohler – One of the first five employees at Facebook, was the Vice President of product management at Facebook, which he left in 2008. Currently, he is the (youngest) General Partner at Benchmark Capital acting as an investor in Internet-related startups.
5. Scott Marlette – He was an engineer, and then Product Manager, at Facebook between 2005 and 2010. In 2011, he co-founded GoodRx, a website and app that tracks the prices of prescription drugs and provides coupons on the same. Currently, Marlette is a partner at Slow Ventures, founded by previous Facebook employees, Kevin Colleran and Dave Morin.
6. Andrew McCollum – He worked with Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz in the early days of Facebook, leaving Harvard to work full time at the startup. However, in 2006 at the company’s peak, McCollum went back to school and got his computer science degree. In 2014, he became the CEO of Philo, a live-streaming platform for colleges.
7. Kevin Colleran – One of the first ten employees, Colleran worked at sales and global advertising at Facebook for more than six years. He is the Managing Director of the venture capital firm, Slow Ventures since 2013 and has invested in enterprises like Pinterest, Slack, Evernote, Tumblr.
8. Chris Hughes – Hughes was a founding member and spokesperson for Facebook till 2007. In 2008, he was involved in President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. A known political activist, Hughes was the editor-in-chief of The New Republic from 2011 to 2016.
9. Aaron Sittig – He was the Design Strategist and Product Architect at Facebook for seven years before transitioning to a Managing Partner at Public Studio in 2015. He also works as a product strategy and design advisor to startups.
10. Dan Neff – He had a short stint at Facebook for six months as Build/Release Engineer, carrying out new site features. Neff worked at Adobe’s operations department and is now the company’s Operations Architect. He has also consulted for firms like LinkedIn, Zazzle and Rankoo.