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Divya was studying at Harvard when he came up with the idea of creating a social networking platform for university students with plans to expand to other colleges and then to a larger community. He commenced work on this project with his friend Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss. In December 2002, they discussed it with their programmer friends who could work on it. The first person who agreed to work on this project was Sanjay Mavinkurve who worked on it until spring 2003, when he graduated from Harvard and joined Google. The second programmer to work on this project was Divya’s friend Victor Gao. Divya Narendra and the Winklevoss brothers offered Gao to become a full-time partner for this project but he denied the offer and agreed to work on hire and pay capacity. Gao worked on this website until the fall of 2003 and left the project due to some other commitments. He suggested Narendra and Winklevosses to reach out to Mark Zuckerberg to take over the programming work of this project. By this time, a major chunk of the programming work was done and the project just needed finishing touches to make the platform fully functioning. It was the beginning of November 2003 when Narendra emailed Mark Zuckerberg stating a project brief to know if he was interested. The email read,

We’re very deep into developing a site which we would like you to be a part of and … which we know will make some waves on campus.’

Mark Zuckerberg showed his interest in this project and started discussing it with Narendra and the rest of the Harvard Connection team. On 25 November 2003, he met Winklevosses and Narendra at the Harvard Kirkland House’s dining hall where he agreed to take over the programming duties of this project. They explained Zuckerberg about the type of social networking platform they wanted to create, explained their plans for expansion to other schools, discussed the confidentiality of this project, and told him why it was important to do it first. After this discussion, Zuckerberg gave an oral commitment to this project as a partner and agreed to take over Sweat Equity as compensation. After this, he was given the private server location along with the password to work on the Harvard Connection website. Mark took his time to go through the project and on 30 November 2003, he sent an email to Cameron Winklevoss. He wrote that the project seemed easy for him to complete as most of the work is already done. The email reads,

I read over all the stuff you sent and it seems like it shouldn’t take too long to implement, so we can talk about that after I get all the basic functionality up tomorrow night.’

He sent his next email on 1 December 2003, he wrote,

I put together one of the two registration pages so I have everything working on my system now. I’ll keep you posted as I patch stuff up and it starts to become completely functional.’

He sent another email to the Harvard Connection team on 4 December 2003,

Sorry I was unreachable tonight. I just got about three of your missed calls. I was working on a problem set.’

On 10 December 2003, he came up with an excuse for the delay in completing the work and wrote,

The week has been pretty busy, so I haven’t gotten a chance to do much work on the site or even think about it really, so I think it’s probably best to postpone the meeting until we have more to discuss. I’m also really busy tomorrow so I don’t think I’d be able to meet then anyway.’

For the next week, he remained unreachable and later wrote another email,

Sorry I have not been reachable for the past few days. I’ve basically been in the lab the whole time working on a cs problem set which I’m still not finished with.’

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