ConnectU founders get $65 million from Facebook?
Talk about spilling the beans: A marketing brochure for law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, which represented would-be social network ConnectU in its much-publicized suit against Facebook, claimed that the final settlement netted the site's founders a handsome $65 million in Facebook stock and cash.
A Law.com article dug up the brochure and its claim, and has posted a .pdf file on the Web. According to the same article, principals at the law firm now regret posting the results. Meanwhile, ConnectU remains in a fee dispute with Quinn Emanuel, a fact which came to light when the plaintiff changed its mind about the suit's eventual settlement last year.
ConnectU was founded by twins Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss, along with their classmate Divya Narendra, when all three were students at Harvard University. They hired Mark Zuckerberg, now the CEO of Facebook, as a programmer and eventually alleged that he swiped their code and business model to create the now-ubiquitous social network.
ConnectU vs. Facebook, which had dragged on since 2004, eventually settled in August right around when Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who are identical twins, were finishing in sixth place in a rowing event at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
It seems like a staggering amount, considering the casual terms of ConnectU's employment agreement with Zuckerberg had meant that it was
Facebook, unsurprisingly, has opted not to comment on this situation.