Facebook Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz Really Didn’t Want To Leave Facebook
7:02 pm, September 12th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Facebook, some would argue, has created a generation of wannabe entrepreneurs. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz didn’t want to be one of those people. So if he claims he didn’t want to be an entrepreneur, why’d he leave Facebook?
At the Tech Crunch Disrupt Conference in San Francisco today, Moskovitz, who was Facebook’s chief technology officer, explained he really didn’t want to leave Facebook, but had an idea he felt he had to follow.
“We left Facebook because we had an idea. We looked for every reason to stay [at Facebook]. I didn’t want to be an entrepreneur. But the idea was so strong and we became so passionate about it.”
Okay, we’re convinced. Facebook really is a cult.
Moskovitz escaped the cult in 2008, along with Facebook colleague Justin Rosenstein, to start Asana, which builds collaborative productivity software to streamline the way work gets done in offices.
Moskovitz doesn’t really have to worry about success as an entrepreneur — he still has a 6% share in Facebook, making him a multi-billionaire at 27-years-old, but his message about making it on your own is an interesting one nonetheless. If you think about it, the saga of Facebook, portrayed in the media and in The Social Network, glamorizes entrepreneurship in what is perhaps the wrong way, Moskovitz would argue. If you can start a billion-dollar business in your dorm room, why wouldn’t you?
“There’s an idealization of being an entrepreneur,” Moskovitz said. “But the most important thing is to have a really great idea.”
[via Business Insider]