At the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, Summers recounted a meeting with the twins in his Harvard office, a scene dramatized in the movie, The Social Network.
The brothers came to Summers seeking some relief for their ConnectU idea that they allege was stolen by fellow Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg to form the basis of Facebook.
According to Fortune, Summers said:
One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they’re looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an a**hole. This was the latter case.” …Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind.
Tough words from the former Obama cabinet official known for not pulling any punches.
The Winklevii twins have pursued Facebook since 2004. The latest in the Winklevii saga had the twins deciding not to pursue a case with the U.S. Supreme Court. But they turned around shortly thereafter to file a claim in Boston’s federal court.
Do you agree with Summers’ assessment of the Winklevii?