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While researching how early Facebook employees are spending their millions — namely in the startup space — we came across a common tie.Out of 22 early Facebook employees, five invested in a company called NationBuilder.
NationBuilder raised $6.25 million in March to help people build campaigns for causes. It purposely kicked off right before the presidential elections.
Of the 9 investors in its Series A round, 5 of them worked for Facebook:
- Chris Hughes, Facebook cofounder
- Sean Parker, former Facebook president and cofounder of Airtime
- Dave Morin, co-inventor of Facebook Connect and Platform, founder of Path
- Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook cofounder and Asana founder
- Scott Marlette, an early Facebook engineer and product manager
We asked someone close to the company why so many Facebook employees piled onto this particular investment.
Basically, NationBuilder’s cofounder and president Joe Green started Facebook Causes with Sean Parker.
Here’s what we were told:
“Joe Green started FB Causes with Sean Parker, one of the first Facebook apps (acquired 80 million emails!) but that company didn’t fare well. Joe was looking for the next move and he found NationBuilder and loved it so much, he came on board as president and Sean Parker invested. As soon as Ben Horowitz saw this video, he invested too. Jim Gilliam, the founder, first launched the platform 2 years ago. Chris Hughes, Facebook’s cofounder, met Jim through the first campaign hosted on NationBuilder.”
More importantly, perhaps, is Green’s connection to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Green was Zuckerberg’s college roommate. The pair created FaceMash together, which almost got them kicked out of school. When Zuckerberg asked Green to dropout of Harvard for Facebook, he declined, afraid his father wouldn’t approve.
Here’s the NationBuilder video that inspired some of them to invest: