The Info List - Dustin Moskovitz

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DUSTIN AARON MOSKOVITZ (/ˈmɑːskəvɪts/ ; born May 22, 1984) is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Facebook
with Mark Zuckerberg , Eduardo Saverin , Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes . In 2008, he left Facebook
to co-found Asana with Justin Rosenstein . In March 2011, Forbes
reported Moskovitz to be the youngest self-made billionaire in history, on the basis of his 2.34% share in Facebook.


* 1 Background and education

* 2 Career

* 2.1 Facebook
* 2.2 After Facebook

* 3 Philanthropy * 4 Politics * 5 Personal life * 6 Media depictions * 7 External links * 8 References


Moskovitz was born in Gainesville, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
and grew up in Ocala, Florida . He is eight days younger than Zuckerberg. Moskovitz is Jewish
. His father was a psychiatrist and mother a teacher and an artist. He attended Vanguard High School , graduating from the IB Diploma Program . Moskovitz attended Harvard University as an economics major for two years before he moved with Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg
to Palo Alto
Palo Alto
. He went to work full-time on Facebook.



Four people, three of whom were roommates— Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg
, Eduardo Saverin , Chris Hughes , and Dustin Moskovitz—founded Facebook
in their Harvard University dorm room in February 2004. Originally called thefacebook.com, it was intended as an exclusive online directory of all Harvard's students to help residential students identify members of other residences. In June 2004, Zuckerberg, Hughes and Moskovitz took a year off from Harvard and moved Facebook's base of operations to Palo Alto, California
Palo Alto, California
, and hired eight employees. They were later joined by Sean Parker . At Facebook, Moskovitz was the company's first chief technology officer and then vice president of engineering; he led the technical staff and oversaw the major architecture of the site, as well as being responsible for the company’s mobile strategy and development.


On October 3, 2008, Moskovitz announced that he was leaving Facebook to form a new company called Asana with Justin Rosenstein , an engineering manager at Facebook. Moskovitz was also the biggest angel investor in the mobile photo-sharing site Path , run by another former member of Facebook, David Morin. It was reported that Moskovitz's advice was important in persuading Morin to reject a $100 million offer for the company from Google
, made in February 2011.


Moskovitz co-founded the philanthropic organization Good Ventures with his girlfriend (and now wife) Cari Tuna in 2011. In June 2012, Good Ventures
Good Ventures
announced a close partnership with charity evaluator GiveWell . Both organizations "are aiming to do as much good as possible" and thereby align with the goals of effective altruism . Good Ventures
Good Ventures
has donated approximately $100 million from 2011 onward to GiveWell top charities Against Malaria Foundation , GiveDirectly , Schistosomiasis Control Initiative , and Deworm the World Initiative , as well as standout charities (see Good Ventures
Good Ventures
for more) and other effective altruist organizations.

The joint collaboration with GiveWell led to a spinoff called the Open Philanthropy Project , whose goal is to figure out the best possible way to use large sums of money (starting with Moskovitz's multi-billion-dollar fortune) to do the most good. As of 2016, the Open Philanthropy Project is in the process of becoming a separate organization, but it has already made over $40 million in grants (see Open Philanthropy Project#Grants made for more).

Moskovitz and Tuna are also the youngest couple to sign Bill Gates and Warren Buffett ’s Giving Pledge , which commits billionaires to giving away most of their wealth in the form of philanthropy.


Moskovitz has voted for the Democratic Party candidates in all elections where he has voted, but he has written: "Though we’ve voted for the Democratic nominee each of the times we’ve cast a ballot, we’ve considered ourselves independent thinkers who respect candidates and positions from both sides of the aisle." Prior to their donation for the 2016 election cycle, Moskovitz and Tuna had donated roughly $10,000 over their lifetime to federal candidates, most of it to Sean Eldridge
Sean Eldridge
, the husband of Facebook
co-founder Chris Hughes .

For the 2016 United States
United States
Presidential election , Moskovitz announced that he and his wife are donating $20 million t