A former Facebook employee has claimed that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg once wielded a katana sword in the office after becoming frustrated with his employees’ code.
AppSumo CEO Noah Kagan uploaded a 13-second video to TikTok on June 19 showing “weird things” that happened while he was working at Facebook.
Kagan shares at the beginning of the clip that he was the 30th employee at Facebook, which was founded in 2004.
According to the entrepreneur, Zuckerberg brought a katana sword into the office and brandished it because he “didn’t like the code and the stuff we posted on the website.”
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The video, which has been viewed more than 50,000 times, had some commentators calling Zuckerberg a “weeb,” a term that mocks a non-Japanese person who obsession with Japanese culture†
However, this is not the first time Kagan mentioned Zuckerberg swings a katana. In 2014, the CEO of AppSumo released “How I Lost 170 Million Dollars: My Time as #30 at Facebook”, an ebook about his experience working for the tech giant in 2005. In the book, he claims that Zuckerberg, who 21, would walk around with the sword and taunt underachievers.
Kagan writes, “He had some great motivational lines. He would fondly say, ‘If you don’t get that done sooner, I’ll punch you in the face’ or ‘I’ll chop you with this huge sword’, as he takes a huge sword in his hand. To this day I don’t know why he had that sword.”
In his June 19 TikTok video, Kagan also says he played poker with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who “still wanted his money back” even after he lost.
Another “weird thing” he mentions is that Facebook has paid for all of its employees’ parking tickets, a perk he finds “awesome.”
In a separate video, Kagan informs that he lost his stock options after being let go of Facebook. Since he reportedly owned a 0.1% stake in the company, that means he lost what would be worth over $170 million today. Kagan was fired nine months after the tech giant hired him, which he said was a “rude awakening” that motivated him to start his own company.
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