Causes Founder's $400M Facebook 'Mistake'

Joe Green is more likely that the roommate of Facebook you've never heard of, but a graduate of Harvard, is trying to make a difference in the world with friends.

Green does not have the name recognition the company's co-creator, Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin or even, renowned helped launch Facebook, although I was there on the Internet entrepreneur in the room where he was born strength of social media. And he turned away from him.

Green is one of the friends of Zuckerberg at Harvard University in 2004, and asked the child, now estimated at 17.5 billion, to leave the Ivy League to join him in building social media sites, which are expected to submit an initial public offering this week.

After the two were arrested in some hot water with Harvard for the previous project - "hot-or-no" FaceMash site, the construction dramatized in the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network" - Green Zuckerberg finally said "no", because the schools threatened with dismissal.

His decision not to join Zuckerberg is now considered an error of $ 400 million.

"We have achieved a small problem with previous projects ... and my father, a teacher, not happy at the prospect that I am expelled from school, "Green said ABC News. "Zuckerberg like to tease my dad about it, but we're still very close."

Rather than follow Zuckerberg and his team of Silicon Valley, Green followed a passion for politics and worked for John Kerry's failed 2004 presidential campaign.

Now, although the initial decision, is back in the fold of Facebook, a business for profit is called the cause, Facebook application and a site that allows friends to their friends show love neighbor, causing social and even political candidates. The reason stated goal is "to allow anyone with a good idea or passion for change into effect in the world."

"The way to get people civically involved, not only during elections, but throughout the year, using Facebook and do it with their friends," said Green.

In the number increases, political candidates and campaigns aimed at social media to win elections. As President Obama has shown in 2008, social media has become a powerful political tool that can mobilize voters.

"You can not ignore," said Green. "It's like the TV ignoring or not ignoring, you know, mail. It became an important part of human life. "

Green says his company has helped raise $ 50 million for 50,000 charities, when the page that caused the "Facebook has 6.5 million active users monthly.

The New York Times reported in December, which received $ 9,000,000 to bring venture capital funding, bringing total funding of $ 16 million.

Green, with the words "no" to what became the Internet giant, has no regrets, even though Facebook has a lot of stock, which has found its own cause.

"Every person has the ability within themselves to make a difference," said Green.

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