Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss Wants More Than $65 Million From Facebook

Brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss hired Mark Zuckerberg when they were attending Harvard University to design a website called harvardconnection.com. The platform and idea around harvardconnection.com were very similar to what is now known as Facebook, started by Zuckerberg. Facebook is currently the biggest social network in the world. Lawyers of the Winklevoss brothers were able to make a settlement worth $20 million in cash and Facebook stock worth $45 million as calculated by a certain valuation in 2008.

However the battle between the Winklevoss brothers and Facebook is not completely closed. “The chapter is not closed on this matter,” stated Cameron in an interview with the BBC. Tyler added, “It’s our duty to stand for principles.”

BusinessInsider recently published an instant message conversation between Mark Zuckerberg and a friend. The publishing of this material may be the reason why the Winklevoss brothers are interested in pursuing a case against Facebook for more than what was settled. Below is what Zuckerberg wrote to his friends:

Check this site out: www.harvardconnection.com and then go to harvardconnection.com/datehome.php. Someone is already trying to make a dating site. But they made a mistake haha. They asked me to make it for them. So I’m like delaying it so it won’t be ready until after the facebook thing comes out.

[BBC via Gawker]

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Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss Wants More Than $65 Million From Facebook Comments

  1. RJJ says:

    It's their duty to stand for principals? The principal of whiny spoiled rich kids who are nothing but ignorant athletes? How far is that rowing going to take them – it's not like they will get a PRO deal out of it. Oh but they don't have to they one the proverbial lottery. They make a verbal agreement and then become lil' BMW's (bitching moaning whining) cry babies because they were too stupid to make a written contract. A book claims they were never in it for the money YET they made a fortune off of this FOR NOT DOING A DAMN THING other than being ambulance chasers

    Principals oh sure – whatever Mark did to them because he broke a verbal agreement the Winklevoss boys have stooped to an all-time loser low demonstrating nothing other than GREED. The crybabies made a huge mistake not getting a written contract and rather than learn from the lesson (like many others before them have had to do) they use their lying idea they are morally upstanding ambulance chasing citizens.

    • blh says:

      You don't get into Harvard — or graduate from it — by being "ignorant athletes". Nor do you get into grad school at Oxford – and I ain't talking about Ole Miss. And the twins turned over their code to Zuckerberg — that is documented fact.

      • Jess says:

        There was no CODE turned over….all the code and programming was done by Zuckerberg. The twins gave him the "idea"….that's all. These idiots couldn't write CODE if their life depended on it..why do you think they wanted to hire Zuckerberg? They only had an IDEA, and between the two of them couldn't take it any further….they needed a PROGRAMMER to do it, thus walks in Zuckerberg. I get it that Zuckerberg owed them for their IDEA, but where does it stop? They got 65 MILLION out of the deal….how bout they get a REAL job, and quite sponging off of Zuckerber….LOL!

  2. bob rice says:

    Whatever happened to people just doing the tight thing?

  3. carrie says:

    Zuckerburg never used their code. All the IM proves is that he was planning on doing their dating site when he was done with FB. It proves that it is NOT one in the same.

    • suzy says:

      Carrie – I have to agree with you. He lead them to believe he would help them but he didn't. In any other business relationship, if someone who you agree to do business with doesn't perform, you would let them go. Unless the Winklevoss' told Zuckerberg he couldn't work on any other projects that would be similar or web based (sort of a non compete type agreement), Zuckerberg was free to do what he wanted.

  4. Allen Malone says:

    They stand for the principle… of sucking every last cent that they can out of Zuckerberg. You settled. Move on. Didn't hold out for enough? That's your problem. Blame your lawyer. Sue him for malpractice. You counted on the guy you were suing to tell you what the stock was worth? Might have wanted to look into that yourself. You could have let a jury decide the case and then waited through countless appeals. You got paid. Poor guys… only got $65 million for an idea. I'm crying for you… and your principles.

  5. Winklevoss Twins says:

    If this was a business deal, then they should have had a written contract! Winklevoss are douche bags that are greedy bastards! I hope they read this, you guys are a bunch of pussies!

  6. tasha fox says:

    Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea plain and simple!!! Why on earth would two rich kids from Harvard continue to complain about this issue… like they have everything they want and they can get anything they want. The only reason they carry on about this issue is cuz it was there idea and they made a mistake by asking Zuckerberg to help them cuz the kid stole the idea and pretty much rubbed it in there faces…. not to mention how he screwed his own friend over.

  7. tasha fox says:

    oh and lets not forget how Mark avoided the twins and made up stories while he was creating this stolen idea!! Bottom line… he lied to everyone and now the Winklevoss twins have to watch this kid make money that really does belong to them. If Mark Zuckerberg didnt steal this idea… then why did his own friend turn on him and sue him? He sued Zuckerberg with good reason and this guy cought on that it was a stolen idea… he knew that what Zuckerberg did was wrong. So thats proof right there that it was stolen cuz his own friend sued him as well!!

  8. Keith says:

    Why does the money "belong to them"? If it legitimately belonged to them then they wouldn't have needed to bring Zuck in to make it happen. I understand outsourcing but, when you're sitting on a goldmine, YOU make it happen. You DON'T rely on someone else to make it happen for you. Mark made it happen. Plain and simple.

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