The promise of Diaspora

BusinessWeek’s feature on Diaspora

On that May afternoon, the Diaspora founders couldn’t imagine their idea would lead to a turbulent two years that would include a move to Silicon Valley, fame, scrutiny, and tragedy. Before the founders had started coding, 6,479 people gave Diaspora $200,641, what Grippi calls “f–k Facebook money.” The attention set improbably high expectations that a few 19- to 22-year-olds, using open-source software, might take on the world’s most popular social network.