The former president of Harvard University discussed his interactions with the Winklevoss twins in an interview at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference, CNN
The twins have sued Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg numerous times on grounds that Zuckerberg stole the idea for his website from the Winklevoss’ during their time at Harvard.
The twins approached then president Summers to ask his help in blocking Zuckerberg’s development of the website. Summers refused.
"One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they're looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an [explitive]. This was the latter case," said Summers during the conference in reference to the initial meeting the president had with the two students.
When discussing the twins he said, “Rarely have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind.”
The story of the rise of Facebook, the involvement of the Winklevoss twins, and the subsequent lawsuits was portrayed in the Academy Award winning film “The Social Network.”
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