Although Facebook is blocked in China, there is still deep interest in how Facebook managed to become what it is today. The closest the general public has come to learning about the Facebook story, was through the Social Network movie. The movie portrayed Zuckerberg as an obnoxious genius, who would not let anything, including his best friend, get in the way of building the biggest social network in the world. However, few of us really know the true story and what Zuckerberg is really like. Someone who does is David Kirkpatrick, journalist and author of the Facebook Effect, a biography of Zuckerberg and Facebook. Kirkpatrick was in Beijing last week to share his knowledge and thoughts.

Aptly held in Beta Café, inside the Tencent and Innovation Works building, Kirkpatrick joined a panel of social media company heads such as Zynga, Kaixin001 and Happy Elements. The Chinese social media companies were eager to pick Kirkpatrick’s brains about how Facebook became so dominant and sustainable.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.