Despite the fact that the majority of the free world is on Facebook, most of us hadn't heard of Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the lock-jawed, blue-blooded twins, before The Social Network. The movie made them -- and almost everyone associated with Facebook, save for Andrew Garfield's character, Eduardo Saverin -- look bad. Really bad. Sure, Mark Zuckerberg stole an idea from them, but he was smart, nerdy, and had the brains to execute it. The Winklevoss twins were just privileged, whiny, petulant brats who wound up with more money than God for having a loosely formed idea. "Imagine being those dudes?" my husband said as we left the theater. "They're set for life and don't have to do a thing."
And it's true! After their suit in 2008, they wound up with $20 million and partial ownership of Facebook -- which now amounts to $160 million. Shouldn't they be thankful instead of constantly pushing and appealing for more money? The courts think they should. And so do I!
I understand where you're coming from, WinkVos, I do. I don't agree, but I understand. Facebook is growing like wildfire and you want in on the action. Point taken. But, see, the growth has nothing to do with you, though. Not even a little. It is now a giant corporation with many, many employees, and they're the ones making the "growth" (i.e., crazy cash) happen. If I were you, I'd zip it. You're not exactly the most likable guys to begin with (it's hard to feel bad for six-foot-five Olympic rowers, who went to Harvard, and have over $150 million), and you're only going to make people dislike you more. Especially the courts you keep appealing to. Chief justice Alex Kozinski said about the appeal:
At some point, litigation must come to an end. That point has now been reached.
In other words, you're beating a dead horse. You're gettin' greedy. Knock it the heck off!
Tyler and Cameron are alleging that they were misled about Facebook's value when they agreed to originally settle. But Mr. Kozinski -- and me! Me too! -- thinks they're trying to pull a fast one. He said that the twins were "sophisticated parties" when they agreed to the settlement during a mediation meeting, adding, "They brought half a dozen lawyers to the mediation."
So, that's all she wrote, Winklevosses. Sorry, show's over. I don't know how you're going to do it, but somehow, you're going to have to find a way to live with the $160 million you currently have. Good luck, boys.
What do you think of the Winklevosses wanting more money from Facebook?
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