On Diaspora's Social Network, You Own Your Data

Diaspora had an idea: A social network where users own their data. If only the founders knew what they were getting into
Founders Max Salzberg, 24, and Daniel Grippi, 23, want to give people more control than Facebook offers Photograph by Aimee Brodeur for Bloomberg Businessweek

Sitting along Yankee Stadium’s third base line during New York University’s rainy graduation two years ago, Max Salzberg couldn’t focus. The phone in his pocket wouldn’t stop buzzing. With each notification, the NYU senior wiped water off the screen to read an e-mail saying yet another person had given money to Diaspora, the not-yet-even-a-startup he and three college buddies had hatched the month before. Buzz. Another donation. Another buzz. Over the course of the ceremony, Salzberg and his co-founders raised more than $10,000. Over the course of the day, $40,000 more.

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