The Social Network
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake
Recommended by: Bob Dammon, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business; Judy Olian, dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management; and James W. Dean Jr., dean of the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flager Business School
A timely look at the inception of Facebook and social media, the story demonstrates both the power and profitability of a great idea, as well as some real-world entrepreneurial challenges.
A must-see primer on how the millennials think, invent, and connect—and how bumpy the ride can be from rags to riches.
This entertaining movie about the creation of Facebook is based on the book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, by Ben Mezrich. While a box-office hit, the film's accuracy was questioned by industry insiders, including journalist David Fitzpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, who had access to Facebook's leadership while researching his book. Quote: "You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won't be true…"
—James W. Dean Jr.