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FACEBOOK CO-FOUNDER & ENTREPRENEUR: Developing Dynamic Businesses And Online Worlds

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Andrew McCollum is a Facebook co-founder, business entrepreneur, and angel investor. A self-taught computer programmer since 2nd grade, Andrew originally wanted to make video games. He discovered instead that his true passion lies in developing dynamic businesses and creating meaningful online experiences for users worldwide.

Degree: Computer Programming - Education
Job Title: Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Employer: NEA Capital & Flybridge Capital

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

Job Description

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

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Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

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$0 - $200,000
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Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Varies Widely, Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
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Home, Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Adventurous, Courageous, Creativity, Leadership ability, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Networking, Organizational skills, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='16180'>residence</span> <span m='16590'>at,</span> <span m='16990'>and</span> <span m='17360'>I</span> <span m='17510'>would</span> <span m='17900'>split</span> <span m='18010'>my</span> <span m='18150'>time</span> <span m='18510'>between</span> <span m='20430'>working</span> <span m='20760'>on</span> <span m='21110'>projects</span> <span m='21808'>that I'm</span> <span m='22286'>interested</span> <span m='22764'>in,</span> <span m='23720'>ideas</span> <span m='24200'>I might</span> <span m='24460'>have</span> <span m='24720'>for</span> <span m='24830'>companies</span> <span m='25430'>or</span> <span m='25810'>companies</span> <span m='26210'>that</span> <span m='26440'>might</span> <span m='26600'>want</span> <span m='26760'>to</span> <span m='27110'>invest in,</span> <span m='28340'>researching</span> <span m='28605'>those</span> <span m='29100'>and</span> <span m='29180'>developing</span> <span m='29620'>those</span> <span m='29850'>ideas</span> <span m='30690'>or</span> <span m='31470'>meeting</span> <span m='31800'>with</span> <span m='31920'>companies</span> <span m='32350'>that</span> <span m='32439'>are</span> <span m='32530'>coming</span> <span m='32840'>in</span> <span m='32950'>to</span> <span m='33020'>present</span> <span m='33570'>to</span> <span m='33720'>the</span> <span m='33870'>venture</span> <span m='34170'>capital</span> <span m='34580'>firm</span> <span m='34930'>that are</span> <span m='35300'>trying</span> <span m='35590'>to</span> <span m='35630'>get</span> <span m='35850'>investment</span> <span m='36460'>and</span> <span m='37710'>sitting</span> <span m='38010'>in</span> <span m='38140'>on</span> <span m='38240'>those</span> <span m='38440'>meetings</span> <span m='38840'>and</span> <span m='38970'>giving</span> <span m='39200'>them</span> <span m='39440'>my</span> <span m='39780'>perspective,</span> <span m='40700'>having</span> <span m='42160'>been</span> <span m='42680'>an</span> <span m='43100'>entrepreneur</span> <span m='43410'>more</span> <span m='43720'>recently</span> <span m='44190'>and</span> <span m='44270'>having</span> <span m='44640'>a</span> <span m='44980'>different</span> <span m='45355'>take</span> <span m='45730'>on it</span> <span m='46030'>than</span> <span m='46330'>they</span> <span m='46470'>might</span> <span m='46740'>have</span> <span m='46960'>otherwise.</span> </p><p><span m='48620'>So</span> <span m='49980'>I</span> <span m='50780'>learned</span> <span m='51140'>to</span> <span m='51870'>program</span> <span m='52920'>from</span> <span m='53110'>a</span> <span m='53250'>very</span> <span m='53670'>young</span> <span m='54040'>age.</span> <span m='54360'>I</span> <span m='54400'>was</span> <span m='54870'>in</span> <span m='55050'>second</span> <span m='55430'>grade</span> <span m='55820'>when</span> <span m='56010'>I</span> <span m='56880'>stumbled</span> <span m='57120'>on</span> <span m='57530'>to</span> <span m='58660'>this</span> <span m='59180'>program</span> <span m='59800'>language</span> <span m='60160'>called</span> <span m='60440'>QBasic</span> <span m='60795'>that</span> <span m='61050'>used to</span> <span m='61380'>come</span> <span m='61650'>on</span> <span m='61990'>every</span> <span m='62500'>single</span> <span m='62910'>computer</span> <span m='63320'>sold by</span> <span m='63770'>Microsoft</span> <span m='64430'>because</span> <span m='64800'>that</span> <span m='64959'>was</span> <span m='65200'>their</span> <span m='65400'>first</span> <span m='65810'>product</span> <span m='66065'>that they</span> <span m='66320'>ever</span> <span m='66600'>sold.</span> <span m='68400'>And</span> <span m='68640'>I</span> <span m='68740'>taught</span> <span m='69030'>myself</span> <span m='69315'>how to</span> <span m='69600'>program</span> <span m='70110'>because</span> <span m='70360'>I</span> <span m='70410'>wanted</span> <span m='70660'>to</span> <span m='70720'>make</span> <span m='70920'>video</span> <span m='71160'>games.</span> <span m='71560'>I</span> <span m='71900'>really</span> <span m='72080'>liked</span> <span m='72440'>playing</span> <span m='72690'>games,</span> <span m='73120'>and</span> <span m='73220'>I</span> <span m='73560'>thought</span> <span m='73820'>that's</span> <span m='74040'>what</span> <span m='74150'>I</span> <span m='74210'>wanted</span> <span m='74410'>to</span> <span m='74490'>do</span> <span m='75720'>all</span> <span m='75870'>the</span> <span m='75930'>way</span> <span m='76130'>through</span> <span m='77700'>graduating</span> <span m='78120'>high</span> <span m='78260'>school</span> <span m='78680'>when I</span> <span m='78820'>went</span> <span m='79070'>to</span> <span m='79170'>go</span> <span m='79660'>intern</span> <span m='80250'>at</span> <span m='80470'>Electronic</span> <span m='81000'>Arts,</span> <span m='81380'>which</span> <span m='81600'>is</span> <span m='81810'>the</span> <span m='82670'>largest</span> <span m='83130'>independent</span> <span m='83570'>game</span> <span m='84050'>publisher</span> <span m='84315'>in the</span> <span m='84580'>world.</span> <span m='85920'>They</span> <span m='86160'>make</span> <span m='87080'>a lot</span> <span m='87400'>of</span> <span m='87540'>the</span> <span m='87865'>EA</span> <span m='88190'>Sports,</span> <span m='89990'><i>Madden</i></span> <span m='90440'><i>Football</i>,</span> <span m='91366'>those types</span> <span m='91832'>of games.</span> </p><p><span m='93230'>And</span> <span m='94700'>so</span> <span m='95160'>that's</span> <span m='95690'>how</span> <span m='95850'>I</span> <span m='95950'>got</span> <span m='96230'>into</span> <span m='96440'>programming.</span> <span m='97430'>But</span> <span m='97680'>while</span> <span m='98030'>I</span> <span m='98150'>was at</span> <span m='98580'>Electronic</span> <span m='99100'>Arts,</span> <span m='99360'>I</span> <span m='99910'>realized</span> <span m='100430'>that</span> <span m='101190'>making</span> <span m='101510'>games</span> <span m='101760'>had changed</span> <span m='102230'>a lot</span> <span m='102555'>since</span> <span m='102880'>when</span> <span m='103050'>I</span> <span m='103100'>was</span> <span m='103230'>a</span> <span m='103280'>kid.</span> <span m='103820'>It</span> <span m='103910'>used</span> <span m='104200'>to</span> <span m='104260'>be,</span> <span m='104480'>when</span> <span m='104920'>I</span> <span m='105030'>was</span> <span m='105770'>growing</span> <span m='106070'>up,</span> <span m='106290'>that</span> <span m='106410'>games</span> <span m='106750'>were</span> <span m='106800'>made</span> <span m='107050'>by</span> <span m='108010'>five</span> <span m='108320'>guys</span> <span m='108600'>in a garage</span> <span m='109310'>just</span> <span m='109590'>kind</span> <span m='109760'>of</span> <span m='109870'>working</span> <span m='110220'>on</span> <span m='110360'>something</span> <span m='111020'>together.</span> </p><p><span m='112500'>But</span> <span m='112710'>by</span> <span m='112830'>the</span> <span m='112960'>time</span> <span m='113250'>I</span> <span m='113470'>got</span> <span m='113700'>to</span> <span m='113870'>EA,</span> <span m='114190'>it</span> <span m='114400'>was</span> <span m='114720'>more</span> <span m='114980'>like</span> <span m='115450'>150</span> <span m='115980'>or</span> <span m='116060'>200</span> <span m='116450'>people</span> <span m='116920'>on</span> <span m='117060'>a</span> <span m='117150'>team</span> <span m='118040'>working</span> <span m='119070'>six,</span> <span m='119390'>seven</span> <span m='119660'>days</span> <span m='119900'>a</span> <span m='119960'>week</span> <span m='120960'>for</span> <span m='121100'>months</span> <span m='121440'>on end.</span> <span m='122150'>And</span> <span m='122430'>really,</span> <span m='123210'>the</span> <span m='123320'>part</span> <span m='123650'>of</span> <span m='123700'>the</span> <span m='123940'>game that you</span> <span m='124050'>got</span> <span m='124200'>to</span> <span m='124290'>work</span> <span m='124530'>on</span> <span m='124610'>was</span> <span m='124900'>very</span> <span m='125270'>small.</span> <span m='125770'>So you</span> <span m='125970'>might only</span> <span m='126460'>work</span> <span m='126600'>on</span> <span m='128020'>one</span> <span m='129650'>piece</span> <span m='130000'>of</span> <span m='130240'>one</span> <span m='130470'>part</span> <span m='130699'>of</span> <span m='130750'>the</span> <span m='130820'>game.</span> <span m='131090'>And</span> <span m='132960'>it</span> <span m='133190'>felt</span> <span m='133470'>really</span> <span m='133670'>different</span> <span m='134060'>from what</span> <span m='134350'>I</span> <span m='134630'>had</span> <span m='134870'>originally</span> <span m='135230'>wanted</span> <span m='135410'>to</span> <span m='135490'>do,</span> <span m='135740'>and</span> <span m='135860'>I</span> <span m='135950'>realized</span> <span m='136530'>that</span> <span m='138400'>starting</span> <span m='138770'>businesses,</span> <span m='139330'>making</span> <span m='139650'>websites,</span> <span m='140200'>creating</span> <span m='140830'>products</span> <span m='141290'>that</span> <span m='141390'>people</span> <span m='141690'>use</span> <span m='142220'>on</span> <span m='142370'>the</span> <span m='142460'>internet</span> <span m='143060'>was</span> <span m='143840'>a way</span> <span m='144090'>to</span> <span m='144960'>take</span> <span m='145240'>that</span> <span m='145460'>same</span> <span m='145630'>skill</span> <span m='145950'>set</span> <span m='146340'>and use</span> <span m='146490'>it in</span> <span m='146710'>a</span> <span m='146780'>much</span> <span m='147060'>more</span> <span m='147310'>creative</span> <span m='147730'>way.</span> <span m='149120'>And</span> <span m='149770'>that's</span> <span m='150600'>how</span> <span m='150830'>I</span> <span m='150980'>got</span> <span m='151260'>involved</span> <span m='151800'>with</span> <span m='152080'>working</span> <span m='152440'>on</span> <span m='152610'>a</span> <span m='152670'>couple of</span> <span m='153030'>projects</span> <span m='153730'>with</span> <span m='153950'>some</span> <span m='154210'>friends</span> <span m='154490'>from</span> <span m='154620'>school,</span> <span m='156630'>most</span> <span m='156850'>well</span> <span m='157150'>know</span> <span m='157460'>of</span> <span m='157880'>which</span> <span m='158180'>is</span> <span m='158340'>Facebook.</span> </p><p><span m='160490'>Yeah,</span> <span m='160820'>so I</span> <span m='160920'>got</span> <span m='161080'>involved</span> <span m='161400'>with</span> <span m='161490'>Facebook</span> <span m='161990'>while</span> <span m='162210'>I</span> <span m='162300'>was</span> <span m='162950'>at</span> <span m='163120'>Harvard.</span> <span m='163710'>I</span> <span m='163940'>knew</span> <span m='164660'>Mark,</span> <span m='165730'>the</span> <span m='167670'>guy who</span> <span m='169125'>created</span> <span m='169610'>the</span> <span m='169650'>first</span> <span m='169890'>version</span> <span m='170140'>of</span> <span m='170240'>Facebook.</span> <span m='170720'>We</span> <span m='170820'>were</span> <span m='171100'>good</span> <span m='171350'>friends</span> <span m='171730'>and</span> <span m='172040'>took</span> <span m='172200'>a</span> <span m='172250'>lot</span> <span m='172420'>of</span> <span m='172460'>classes</span> <span m='172830'>together.</span> <span m='173740'>And</span> <span m='174140'>we</span> <span m='174250'>talked</span> <span m='174560'>about</span> <span m='174930'>ideas</span> <span m='175370'>all</span> <span m='175470'>the</span> <span m='175570'>time,</span> <span m='175940'>one</span> <span m='176180'>which</span> <span m='177010'>was</span> <span m='177210'>Facebook.</span> </p><p><span m='177710'>And after</span> <span m='178125'>Mark</span> <span m='178540'>created</span> <span m='179020'>the</span> <span m='179110'>first</span> <span m='179800'>prototype</span> <span m='180360'>version</span> <span m='180700'>of the site,</span> <span m='181520'>he</span> <span m='181990'>instant</span> <span m='182680'>messaged</span> <span m='183080'>me</span> <span m='183460'>and</span> <span m='184370'>said,</span> <span m='185710'>hey,</span> <span m='185930'>we</span> <span m='186000'>need</span> <span m='186300'>someone</span> <span m='186570'>to</span> <span m='186835'>do</span> <span m='187100'>the</span> <span m='187680'>graphics</span> <span m='188310'>and</span> <span m='189026'>design</span> <span m='189840'>for</span> <span m='190420'>the</span> <span m='190610'>site</span> <span m='190920'>that</span> <span m='191880'>I</span> <span m='192170'>built.</span> <span m='193000'>I was</span> <span m='193270'>like,</span> <span m='194270'>Mark,</span> <span m='195230'>I'm</span> <span m='195450'>not</span> <span m='195740'>really</span> <span m='196546'>a</span> <span m='196952'>graphic</span> <span m='197358'>designer.</span> <span m='198170'>I</span> <span m='198440'>kind of</span> <span m='198930'>know how to use</span> <span m='199280'>Photoshop,</span> <span m='200100'>but</span> <span m='201570'>it's</span> <span m='201790'>not</span> <span m='202030'>really</span> <span m='202580'>what</span> <span m='203410'>I</span> <span m='203490'>do.</span> <span m='204120'>I'm</span> <span m='204473'>mainly</span> <span m='204826'>a programmer .</span> <span m='205180'>And</span> <span m='205670'>he</span> <span m='206180'>said,</span> <span m='206530'>well,</span> <span m='206850'>there's</span> <span m='207020'>no</span> <span m='207120'>one</span> <span m='207230'>else</span> <span m='207490'>who's</span> <span m='207610'>going</span> <span m='207720'>to</span> <span m='207820'>do</span> <span m='208010'>it,</span> <span m='208220'>so</span> <span m='208640'>you should</span> <span m='208900'>just</span> <span m='209150'>give</span> <span m='209300'>it</span> <span m='209360'>a</span> <span m='209410'>shot.</span> </p><p><span m='211240'>And</span> <span m='211600'>so</span> <span m='211720'>I</span> <span m='211820'>did.</span> <span m='212130'>And</span> <span m='212370'>so</span> <span m='212650'>I did</span> <span m='213030'>the</span> <span m='213170'>original</span> <span m='213580'>graphics</span> <span m='213900'>and</span> <span m='214220'>icons</span> <span m='214800'>for</span> <span m='214910'>the</span> <span m='215020'>site.</span> <span m='215570'>And</span> <span m='215865'>over</span> <span m='216160'>time,</span> <span m='216430'>we</span> <span m='216560'>did</span> <span m='217060'>a</span> <span m='217100'>lot</span> <span m='217370'>of</span> <span m='217430'>other</span> <span m='217600'>things.</span> <span m='218500'>I</span> <span m='219120'>worked</span> <span m='219520'>on</span> <span m='221632'>helping</span> <span m='222050'>build</span> <span m='222430'>the</span> <span m='223130'>back-end</span> <span m='223950'>part</span> <span m='224240'>of</span> <span m='224290'>the</span> <span m='224360'>site,</span> <span m='225040'>the</span> <span m='225140'>part</span> <span m='225450'>that</span> <span m='225590'>people</span> <span m='225840'>don't</span> <span m='226120'>see.</span> <span m='227840'>The</span> <span m='227990'>search</span> <span m='228300'>system</span> <span m='228560'>and things</span> <span m='228820'>like</span> <span m='229308'>that,</span> <span m='229796'>I worked</span> <span m='230284'>on a lot</span> <span m='230772'>of different</span> <span m='231260'>aspects of</span> <span m='231748'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='232240'>Yeah,</span> <span m='232470'>I</span> <span m='232580'>guess</span> <span m='234450'>what</span> <span m='234940'>I</span> <span m='235100'>would</span> <span m='235430'>say</span> <span m='235810'>to</span> <span m='236040'>someone</span> <span m='236100'>who is</span> <span m='236570'>thinking</span> <span m='236870'>about</span> <span m='238450'>going</span> <span m='238760'>into</span> <span m='239600'>being</span> <span m='239880'>an</span> <span m='239980'>entrepreneur</span> <span m='242160'>is</span> <span m='242540'>that</span> <span m='243200'>I</span> <span m='243330'>wish</span> <span m='243610'>I'd</span> <span m='243820'>realized</span> <span m='244490'>earlier</span> <span m='244910'>on</span> <span m='245750'>that</span> <span m='245950'>the</span> <span m='246050'>key</span> <span m='246280'>thing</span> <span m='246710'>was</span> <span m='247120'>just</span> <span m='247560'>being</span> <span m='247820'>passionate</span> <span m='248340'>about</span> <span m='248570'>something.</span> <span m='249460'>I</span> <span m='249610'>realized,</span> <span m='250630'>growing</span> <span m='250960'>up,</span> <span m='252190'>I</span> <span m='252600'>thought</span> <span m='252920'>that</span> <span m='253240'>I</span> <span m='253320'>wanted</span> <span m='253580'>to</span> <span m='253630'>do</span> <span m='253850'>was</span> <span m='254080'>make</span> <span m='254330'>video</span> <span m='254600'>games.</span> <span m='256060'>But</span> <span m='256320'>really,</span> <span m='257370'>that</span> <span m='257600'>wasn't</span> <span m='257899'>really</span> <span m='258149'>what</span> <span m='258500'>I</span> <span m='258610'>wanted</span> <span m='259019'>to do.</span> </p><p><span m='259230'>I</span> <span m='259350'>was</span> <span m='259540'>passionate</span> <span m='259950'>about</span> <span m='260209'>creating</span> <span m='260640'>things,</span> <span m='260950'>and</span> <span m='261050'>video</span> <span m='261339'>games</span> <span m='261670'>was</span> <span m='261839'>just</span> <span m='262150'>the</span> <span m='262250'>thing</span> <span m='262490'>that</span> <span m='262600'>I</span> <span m='262690'>knew</span> <span m='263070'>because</span> <span m='266130'>I</span> <span m='266290'>could</span> <span m='266480'>play</span> <span m='266750'>them.</span> <span m='267080'>And I</span> <span m='267150'>could</span> <span m='267340'>see</span> <span m='269200'>games,</span> <span m='269480'>and I</span> <span m='269720'>could imagine</span> <span m='270780'>doing</span> <span m='271020'>that.</span> <span m='271430'>But</span> <span m='271860'>there</span> <span m='272030'>were</span> <span m='272070'>lots</span> <span m='272340'>of</span> <span m='272450'>other</span> <span m='272970'>things</span> <span m='273350'>that</span> <span m='273560'>were</span> <span m='274230'>exciting</span> <span m='274870'>to</span> <span m='274990'>create</span> <span m='277250'>using</span> <span m='278330'>the</span> <span m='278400'>skills</span> <span m='278810'>that I was</span> <span m='279070'>learning,</span> <span m='279970'>and</span> <span m='280100'>I</span> <span m='280180'>wish</span> <span m='280470'>I</span> <span m='280650'>had</span> <span m='281220'>seen it</span> <span m='281550'>from that</span> <span m='281860'>perspective</span> <span m='282200'>because</span> <span m='282540'>I think</span> <span m='282880'>I</span> <span m='282990'>would</span> <span m='283160'>have</span> <span m='283340'>been</span> <span m='283480'>able</span> <span m='283830'>to</span> <span m='286590'>decide</span> <span m='287130'>more</span> <span m='287310'>quickly</span> <span m='288100'>that</span> <span m='289030'>probably</span> <span m='289510'>making</span> <span m='289990'>games</span> <span m='290380'>wasn't</span> <span m='290640'>really</span> <span m='290870'>for</span> <span m='291000'>me</span> <span m='291300'>but</span> <span m='292060'>being</span> <span m='292870'>creative</span> <span m='293470'>by</span> <span m='295260'>using</span> <span m='295600'>computers</span> <span m='296130'>to</span> <span m='296230'>build</span> <span m='296530'>things</span> <span m='298320'>that</span> <span m='298420'>people</span> <span m='298750'>could</span> <span m='298860'>use</span> <span m='299550'>and</span> <span m='300010'>enjoy</span> <span m='300850'>was</span> <span m='301620'>really</span> <span m='301880'>what</span> <span m='302070'>I</span> <span m='302130'>was</span> <span m='302280'>passionate</span> <span m='302700'>about.</span> </p><p></p>","file":{"id":227229,"video_id":"2698764496001","name":"65245197","duration":304575,"thumbnail_url":null}});