Roommate wanted. Must be non-smoker, cats OK. Series A funding a plus.
That's not exactly what the Craiglist ad for a room in the so-called "Original Facebook Mansion" says, but it might as well be. A group of Los Altos renters just put up a listing for a new roommate and it just so happens that they're living in the very house that Mark Zuckerberg and the early Facebook team called home when they moved to California. Just think of the doors that could open for you at the next Y Combinator pitch round. Just imagine. You, too, could be soaking up the vibes from the very laundry room where Zuck washed his hoodie once every six months. Reheating your leftovers in the same microwave where Zuck made his thrice-daily Cup Noodles. You could even be chilling at the backyard gazebo where Zuckerberg never went, because he was too busy, what with the Facebook.
You'd be in good company. Current inhabitants include "a late 20s male Harvard / Stanford PhD student who builds flying robots and DJs in nightclubs all over San Francisco; a mid 20s male CEO of a marketing firm in NYC that is blowing up all over the internet; a mid 20s male mad scientist doing top secret moonshot projects at Nest." There's also an "absolute sweetheart Buddhist landlord." We can only asusme this guy lives there too.
The ad reads, in part:
"We are a small group of artists, scientists, explorers, grad students and entrepreneurs who live, play, brainstorm together. We live in Los Altos, in the original mansion of Mark Zuckerberg and the early Facebook team when they first moved to California.
"We think that a great house culture starts with great people. We strive to have fun together, to foster positive and creative energy, to be there for each other, and to help each other with our various endeavors and pursuits. We hope that even a short stay in our home will be valuable above and beyond the eat/sleep/work space it provides.
"To be clear, we absolutely love this place. It's perfect for grad students, visiting scholars, or anyone starting a company or doing an internship in Silicon Valley. We also love that we can get to Stanford in exactly 12 minutes."
To land a spot, you'll have to do more than submit a credit history. The tenants are asking prospective renters to fill out a three-page questionnaire as part of their application, which includes questions like "How would you make the house more awesome?" and "What is your passion?" The sample answer they provided: "Right now I am really excited by the payments space, but in the future I want to solve the Earth's energy crisis and colonize Mars."