Larry Summers Was Onto the Winklevei the Moment He Saw Their Suits

tyler cameron winklevoss 300x300 Larry Summers Was Onto the Winklevei the Moment He Saw Their Suits

What not to wear.

Former Harvard University president Larry Summers gave the audience at Fortune‘s Brainstorm Tech conference the real back story on a familiar scene from The Social Network. In Aaron Sorkin’s version of events, Mr. Summers couldn’t be bothered with Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss’ attempt to halt Mark Zuckerberg’s world domination with Harvard’s code of conduct. But what Mr. Summers was really thinking may have been worse. “Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind,” he told the crowd, adding:

“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 asshole. This was the latter case.”

Another reason to keep the start-up dress code “business shabby.”


  1. Anonymous says:

    While I agree with the judgment, I hardly think someone wearing a suit for their meeting with the president of the university is a crazy crazy idea.

    1. Nitasha Tiku says:

      Are you trying to say Larry Summers doesn’t know what an asshole looks like?

      1. Nitasha Tiku says:

        That came out wrong.

      2. Anonymous says:

        Haha, no, he knows BETTER THAN ANYONE.  I’m just not sure wearing a suit to your meeting with the president is the indicator.  More the message they came with.