Dustin Aaron Moskovitz (/ˈmɑːskəvɪts/; born May 22, 1984) is
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
Forbes reported Moskovitz to be the youngest self-made
billionaire in history, on the basis of his 2.34% share in
1 Background and education
5 Personal life
6 Media depictions
8 Further reading
Background and education
Moskovitz was born in
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 to Palo Alto.
He went to work full-time on Facebook.
Four people, three of whom were roommates—Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo
Saverin, Chris Hughes, and Dustin Moskovitz—founded
Harvard University dorm room in February 2004. Originally called
thefacebook.com, it was intended as an 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, 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 speaking at
Web Summit 2017
Moskovitz co-founded the philanthropic organization
Good Ventures with
his girlfriend (and now wife) Cari Tuna in 2011. In June 2012,
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
Good Ventures has donated approximately $100 million
from 2011 onward to
GiveWell top charities Against
GiveDirectly, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and Deworm the World
Initiative, as well as standout charities (see
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
Open Philanthropy Project is in the process of becoming a
separate organization, but it has already made over $40 million in
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, the husband of
Facebook co-founder Chris
For the 2016
United States Presidential election, Moskovitz announced
that he and his wife are donating $20 million to support Hillary
Clinton, the Democratic Party nominee, arguing that the dangers of a
Trump presidency are significant, and that they are making their
donation despite being skeptical of allowing large donors to influence
election cycles through money. The
New York Times
New York Times quoted
Moskovitz's blog post on the subject: "The Republican Party, and
Donald Trump in particular, is running on a zero-sum vision, stressing
a false contest between their constituency and the rest of the
world." This makes him the 3rd largest donor in the 2016
Moskovitz is married to Cari Tuna. Tuna currently works full time on
Good Ventures, the couple's private foundation, as well as the Open
Philanthropy Project, a spinoff of a collaboration between Good
Ventures and GiveWell. Tuna is a former Yale Daily News
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal journalist.
Moskovitz and Tuna attend
Burning Man regularly, and Moskovitz has
written about his reasons for doing so. Moskovitz's attendance at
Burning Man has been the subject of some press coverage.
Moskovitz is played in the film
The Social Network
The Social Network by actor Joseph
Mazzello. Responding to a question on Quora, Moskovitz said that the
film "emphasizes things that didn't matter (like the Winklevoss
brothers, whom I've still never even met and had no part in the work
we did to create the site over the past 6 years) and leaves out things
that we really did (like the many other people in our lives at the
time, who supported us in innumerable ways)."
^ Pilkington, Ed (March 10, 2011). "
Forbes rich list:
stake their claims". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
^ "Billionaires: #202 Dustin Moskovitz". Forbes. Retrieved March 4,
^ Alba, Alejandro (August 25, 2015). "
Facebook CEO tops list of the 20
wealthiest people under 35". NY Daily News. Retrieved 10 December
^ a b "Company Timeline". Facebook. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
^ Rosenstein, Justin."Reply on
Quora to: Who is the CEO of Asana?",
Quora, February 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
^ Zoe Fox (March 10, 2011). "Forbes's Youngest Billionaire: Facebook
Dustin Moskovitz Edges Out Mark Zuckerberg". TIME.
^ "America's Youngest Billionaires", Forbes, 6 October 2010. Retrieved
^ "From Social Media To Killing Emails By Dustin Moskovitz". Eyerys.
Retrieved 10 February 2016.
^ Jacob Berkman (December 10, 2010). "Zuckerberg among nine new Jewish
individuals and families to take the Giving Pledge". Jewish
Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
^ a b "Dustin Moskovitz: Crunchbase Profile", Techcrunch. Retrieved
^ Phillips, Sarah (2007-07-25). "A brief history of Facebook". the
Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
^ Rosen, Ellen (2005-05-27). "Student's Start-Up Draws Attention and
$13 Million". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
^ "Finding Friends with Facebook", Wired, July 3, 2005. Retrieved
^ "Dustin Moskovitz:
Forbes Profile", September 2010. Retrieved
^ Lacy, Sarah."Inside the DNA of the
Facebook Mafia", Techcrunch,
February 13, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
^ Arrington, Mike. "
Google Tried To Buy Path For $100+ Million. Path
Said No.", Techcrunch, February 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
^ Tuna, Cari; Moskovitz, Dustin (2012). "Vision & Values Good
Ventures". Good Ventures. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
^ Holden (2012-06-28). "
GiveWell and Good Ventures".
^ "They made a fortune in Silicon Valley. Now they're giving most of
it away". Washington Post. 2014-12-26. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
^ Ventures, Good. "Grants Database Good Ventures". Good Ventures.
^ Matthews, Dylan (April 24, 2015). "You have $8 billion. You want to
do as much good as possible. What do you do?". Vox. Retrieved March
^ David Callahan (December 14, 2015). "How Does an Emerging "Army" of
Tech Donors Think? Ask This Guy". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved March
^ Nicole Bennett; Ashley Carter; Romney Resney & Wendy Woods
(February 10, 2016). "bcg.perspectives - How Tech Entrepreneurs Are
Disrupting Philanthropy". The Boston Consulting Group. Retrieved March
^ Hassenfeld, Elie. "Comment on December 2015 Open Thread".
^ "Silicon Valley Billionaire
Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna on the
Reasoned Art of Giving".
Jewish Business News. 2015-01-02.
^ a b "Compelled to Act. We're committing $20M to help Democrats in
the 2016 election". Medium. September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 22,
^ a b Confessore, Nicholas (September 9, 2016). "Dustin Moskovitz,
Facebook Co-Founder, Pledges $20 Million to Aid Democrats". New York
Times. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
^ a b "
Dustin Moskovitz commits $20M to help beat
Trump". CNN. September 9, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
^ Ariana Eunjung Cha (December 26, 2014). "Cari Tuna and Dustin
Moskovitz: Young Silicon Valley billionaires pioneer new approach to
philanthropy". Washington Post. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
^ Lee, Vincent (September 12, 2013). "Meet Cari Tuna, the Woman Giving
Away Dustin Moskovitz's
Facebook Fortune". Inside Philanthropy.
Retrieved September 22, 2016.
^ Rice, Issa (June 29, 2016). "Cari Tuna". Retrieved September 22,
^ "Cari Tuna". Yale Daily News. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
^ "Cari Tuna". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 22,
^ Moskovitz, Dustin (September 5, 2013). "Radical Inclusion vs.
Radical Self-Reliance at Burning Man". Retrieved September 22,
^ Allen, Nick (September 6, 2013). "Facebook's
Dustin Moskovitz hugs
Winklevoss twins at Burning Man.
Dustin Moskovitz of Facebook
tells how he met the
Winklevoss twins at the
Burning Man festival in
Nevada. Is one of the most celebrated feud of the internet age over?".
The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
^ Shontell, Alyson (September 5, 2013). "A Strange Thing Happened the
First Time Facebook's Co-Founder Met the Winklevoss Twins — They
Hugged". Business Insider. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
^ Moskovitz, Dustin."Reply on
Quora to: What does Dustin Moskovitz
think of the
Facebook movie?", Quora, July 16, 2010. Retrieved
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