Sean Parker definitely sounds like someone to have lunch with. That’s exactly what the FT’s John Gapper did.
Here’s what we learned:
- Sean Parker is a polymath and loves the finer things in life. We already knew of his interest in high fashion; it turns out he has a passion for good food and wine as well. (The Gramercy Tavern, where the interview happened, is his favourite restaurant.) He can also expound at length on philosophy and network engineering and, probably, everything inbetween.
- He’s late everywhere, even when he doesn’t want to be.
- He’s apparently very engaging and funny. Gapper, whose job it is to have lunch with moguls on the time and would be jaded, was laughing at most of the stories Parker told.
- The $20 million “party house” he recently bought has an entrance hall lined with the sides of an old New York subway train, complete with subway sounds.
- Parker and Sorkin had a conversation before the film, and Parker found it “agonizingly weird”, adding “It was as if he had scripted our conversation and when I deviated from the script, he came back to it.”
- What drives Sean Parker is “solving specific problems”, not fame or money.
- He does NOT think a billion dollars is cool. It means you’ve become part of the establishment, and so that’s not cool.