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Friendster 2: The Fall

April 28, 2017

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Show Notes



The Story After a turbulent start and the firing of its founder, Friendster looked like it was back on track. It was still the biggest social network around and its board—which was packed with some of the biggest names in venture capital—quickly assembled a star-studded executive team. So, why couldn’t all that talent deliver on the company’s promise? Why aren’t we all logging onto Friendster today? 


Correction: This episode originally contained a factual error. The original audio stated that Chip Benson was the only employee of Friendster under all six CEOs. At least two other employees also worked at the company under all of its CEOs. 

Ask Alex Got a question for Alex Blumberg? Leave us a message at 812-641-1231, and your question could end up on the show. The Facts Mark Phillips wrote and performed our theme song. Build Buildings wrote and performed our special ad music. Additional music by Typhoon, Jupyter, Marley Carrol and the band Hot Moms Dot Gov. David Herman, Ian Scott, and Rick Kwan mixed the episode.