"Everyone who has seen 'The Social Network' knows the story of Facebook's founding," Adam Fisher writes at the start of "Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook's Wild Early Days" in Wired. Fisher's intro sets up an excerpt from "Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley," his new book hitting bookstores this week. "What people tend to forget, however, is that Facebook was only based in Cambridge [at Harvard] for a few short months."
As soon as TheFacebook.com, as it was then called, took off, Mark Zuckerberg and friends "decided to move to Silicon Valley after finals and spend the summer there rolling Facebook out to other colleges, nationwide." The story of that portion of Facebook's history is less well-known, which Fisher decided to remedy. As he writes of his project, "For this oral history of those critical months back in 2004 and 2005, I interviewed all the key players and talked to a few other figures who had insight into the founding era."
You should go ahead and buy the book, but to get you started, here are some choice bits from Wired's excerpt: