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Ex-Facebook employee says Zuckerberg used to brandish a samurai sword to intimidate people

Published Aug 6th, 2014 2:00PM EDT
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Here’s one Mark Zuckerberg anecdote that would have made for a great scene in The Social Network. Business Insider has been leafing through a new ebook written by Noah Kagan, who is now the CEO of daily deals website AppSumo and who worked at Facebook for nine months back in 2005, and it’s found that Kagan makes some pretty startling allegations against his former boss that involve a samurai sword.

“He’d walk around with a samurai sword fake threatening to attack you for bad work,” Kagan writes in an passage quoted by Business Insider. “Where the hell he got that samurai sword, who the hell knows? Luckily, no employees were harmed while I was there. He’d come around and pretend to cut you joking if you take down the site he’ll chop your head off. You have to remember you have a 23-year old uber nerd running one of the fastest growing sites on the web. As mature as he could be he also was still immature.”

As crazy as the young Zuckerberg allegedly was, it’s safe to say that he’s probably matured quite a bit since then. After all, just last year Zuckerberg was ranked as the best CEO in the world to work for and we doubt that he’d get such stellar ratings were he still swinging a samurai sword around the office… although then again, using such a sword might also make your employees scared enough to never speak ill of you, so who knows?

To read about more zany alleged Zuckerberg antics, including a story about him tossing water on an engineer’s computer to protest his subpar work, click the source link below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.