Two weeks ago, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss attended the Kentucky Derby as the guests of Blue Equity Chairman and Managing Director Jonathan Blue and his wife, Tracy Blue, publisher of The Voice-Tribune.
The brothers also attended the 25th annual Barnstable Brown Gala with the Blues.
In 2004, the twins sued Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, claiming he stole their idea and defrauded them to create the popular social networking site. (The case settled out of court.) Most recently, Cameron and Tyler were portrayed by actor Armie Hammer in the Oscar-winning film â€œThe Social Network,â€ also starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield. Their take: â€œWe both are big fans of the movie. We have always enjoyed films growing up so it was quite a thrill to have a part of our life story told on the silver screen.â€
Since then, the incredibly successful 31-year-old entrepreneurs â€“ both of whom graduated from Harvard and took 6th place in the menâ€™s pair rowing event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics â€“ have continued to create a buzz.
We caught up with Cameron and Tyler via email after they attended the Kentucky Derby and had resumed their busy lives. The brothers often agree and unless otherwise noted, they answered jointly with Tyler typing each response.
How was the Derby?
Tyler: The Derby was incredible. Itâ€™s no surprise people year in and year out come from all over to experience this great tradition.
Cameron: It was great, everyone was incredibly hospitable and Jonathan and Tracy Blue couldnâ€™t have been more tremendous hosts. That being said, we will need to get better at picking our horses next time!
What was the most memorable moment?
Tyler: It was fantastic to meet Congressional Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer and NCAA champion Russ Smith.
Cameron: The highlight of our weekend was meeting Dakota Meyer. Itâ€™s very rare to meet such a great American Hero.
Whatâ€™s the question fans ask you most often?
Most people ask us if the movie (â€œThe Social Netowrkâ€) was true. I tell them that itâ€™s based on a real set of events, but at the end of the day itâ€™s a movie.
What is the next hottest online social networking outlet?Â
I donâ€™t believe the world at this point needs another social network. Right now we are really excited about digital currencies (like Bitcoin).
Can you explain what Bitcoin is to those of us who donâ€™t get it?Â
Bitcoin is a math-based digital crypto currency.
What is your best advice for budding entrepreneurs?Â
Have the courage to try, fail and fail again until you get it right.
What do you do for fun?Â
We enjoy hanging out with our close friends whether thatâ€™s going to dinner, going out or heading to the movies.
We checked out your Twitter accounts. Whom should we follow? And, Tyler, what is an â€œangel accelerator,â€ as youâ€™re identified in your Twitter bio.
Both of us! An angel accelerator is an angel investor who brings more than capital to the table, they also bring strategic value that helps speed the growth of a young company.