Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin says he bears no resentment against Mark Zuckerberg for being forced out of the company and even goes so far to call the social network's CEO a "visionary."
"I have only good things to say about Mark, there are no hard feelings
between us," Saverin said in an extensive interview with Brazilian
publication Veja, according a Forbes translation.
"He was a visionary, he always knew that the only way to get Facebook
to grow was to maintain its central idea, that of people truly
presenting themselves as they are, without nicknames or pseudonyms."
Saverin expressed similar sentiments
earlier this month on his personal Facebook page as the social network
put the final touches on its much-anticipated IPO (although he managed
to misspell his former partner's name): "... I especially wanted to
congratulate Mark Zukerberg on keeping tremendous stead-fast focus,
however hard that was, on making the world a more open and connected
Saverin, who helped Zuckerberg launch Facebook at Harvard in 2004, was
edged out by Zuckerberg the next year when the social network began to
take off. Saverin should have been focusing on reforming the company as a Delaware corporation so it could accept investments. But wasn't, and that was the key factor in his ouster.