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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Barefoot With Beer

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - "Should I put the beer down?" Mark Zuckerberg asks.

The CEO and co-founder of Facebook, now the world's largest social networking site, sits on a velour couch in the company's Palo Alto offices. He is barefoot, dressed in Adidas shorts and a white cotton T-shirt. Movie posters for "Scarface" and "Pulp Fiction" hang on the walls behind him, and an unplugged lava lamp stands to his right.

It's June 2005 and the 15 month-old social networking site is celebrating its three-millionth user with a keg of Heineken. Zuckerberg's co-founder does a keg stand with help from his co-workers, who prop him up on the keg, legs in the air, so he can drink directly from the tap.

Facebook, at this point, has spread to more than 800 schools, is open only to college students and has just twenty employees, including "someone who orders our kegs," Zuckerberg jokes.

This glimpse of Facebook's early days is afforded by a 40-minute interview with Zuckerberg, never aired in full, filmed by Ray Hafner and Derek Franzese for their documentary about the millennial generation, "Now Entering," released in 2008. Franzese posted a five-minute excerpt of the conversation on YouTube and provided The Huffington Post with access to footage of the entire interview. Facebook spokesman Larry Yu declined to comment on the video.

The portrait that emerges from the video is of a young man either still unclear about the possibilities that lie ahead for the explosively-growing company, or playing it coy, hewing to an image as an almost accidental entrepreneur, merely having fun amid college-age antics. He dismisses the suggestion that his business could be poised to become a global behemoth, though that is precisely what is about to happen.

In the end, the interview tees up a tantalizing question, while pulling the answer further from view: How much of Facebook's stratospheric rise was by design, and how much by happenstance? How much randomness helps explain which ventures never transcend the metaphorical garage and which emerge to capture public fascination? >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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