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Silicon Valley greats tend to leave a host of successful entrepreneurs in their wake. But now "successful alumni" are starting to include people who were never really alumni to start with.
The Paypal Mafia is the most famous example, but Silicon Valley greats tend to leave a host of successful entrepreneurs in their wake. Historically, this has stemmed from employees inside the mothership learning as they helped create a juggernaut. Today, we're seeing a new trend start, where the "successful alumni" are starting to include people who were never really alumni to start with.
The harbringer of this trend is Facebook. Facebook Alumni have already started leaving to found some companies that are attracting massive attention: Path, Asana, Jumo, and Quora have a combined valuation of well over 100 million dollars, each are less than 24 months old. Dave Morin (CEO at Path) has suggested we call this alumni group "The Facebook Society." Which may someday become widely-known in silicon valley, as both Xoogler (Google alumni) and The Paypal Mafia (Paypal alumni) have.
But Facebook has created a platform where 2.5 million developers are claiming loads of value, including billion dollar companies like Zynga and LivingSocial, and a dozen additional companies that are growing massively. Take Zoosk for example, which now has more uniques than Match.
The founders of Path, Asana, Jumo and Quora all started at Facebook before the end of 2006, while companies that have built massive businesses atop Facebook Platform, didn't really get moving until 2008 and are generally in hyper-growth right now.
Therefore, in the next year or two you will start to see another group of "Facebook Alumni" start founding important companies. This group will have learned social design by building on Facebook for Facebook users, but they will have learned those lessons at companies like LivingSocial, Zynga, Causes, fbFund companies, and others.
So when it comes to The Facebook Society, I suggest we include both the people who learned social design at Facebook, and also people who learned social design because of Facebook.
Facebook might be the first place this is happening, but this trend will continue to take place. Today's juggernaut companies are being built with the help of others. Betaworks and Borthwick have done more than anyone else to show us this. That means that many of the lessons learned building massive businesses, are now also being learned by ecosystem partners.
So as companies like Twitter start to send members of the flock into the wild to start their own nests, you'll probably also see a few birds that originated from Tweetdeck, Seesmic, Bit.ly and other partners getting mentioned alongside companies like Square in New York Times articles.
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Most of Stonehenge's megaliths, called sarens, came from West Woods, Wiltshire.
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In 1958, engineers undertook the task of re-erecting a Stonehenge trilithon that fell in 1797. Three cores drilled into a sarsen disappeared soon after.
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A view of Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice.
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)<p>Thanks to Nash and his team, scientists now know the source of Stonehenge's sarsens. This clue can help them solve other Stonehenge mysteries. That most of the stones were sourced from one location, the study notes, suggests that they were erected at about the same time. It also reveals the routes the Neolithic builders had to traverse with their heavy loads.</p><p>But questions remain. Why did the builders choose West Woods when the Salisbury Plain is dense with sarsen? Why were two megaliths (Stones 26 and 160) sourced elsewhere? And were the missing stones gathered from West Woods or elsewhere? </p><p>These questions only touch on the sarsens. The question that intrigues so many of the monument's visitors remains hotly debated: Who built Stonehenge and why? Was it a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/mar/09/archaeology-stonehenge-bones-burial-ground#:~:text=Stonehenge%20may%20have%20been%20burial%20site%20for%20Stone%20Age%20elite%2C%20say%20archaeologists,-This%20article%20is&text=Centuries%20before%20the%20first%20massive,a%20theory%20disclosed%20on%20Saturday." target="_blank">burial site for the Stone age elite</a>? <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120622163722.htm" target="_blank">A monument marking British unification</a>? <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/15/circular-thinking-stonehenges-origin-is-subject-to-new-theory" target="_blank">A Druid Mecca</a>? We don't know, but as scientific tools advance, we may be able to break the prehistoric silence that has laid over Stonehenge for so long.</p>