Gasp! MySpace founder is a grandpa

Tom Anderson is no longer cool. He's 37.

My faith in humanity has crumbled today. Newsweek has outed MySpace cofounder Tom Anderson for faking his age. While trying to appear young and hip at the juvenile age of 27, Tom was actually (the heavens weep at the lie!) 32 when he started the company, and is 37 now.

A grandpa by any standard. (I am, by the way, only 19.)

Whether you're a MySpace addict or a Luddite who logged on once to see what all the fuss was about, you've likely met Tom. As the public face of MySpace, cofounder Tom Anderson has become a celebrity since the site launched in 2003 because he's every user's first "friend": when you join MySpace, your profile is automatically linked to his. But it turns out that Tom, who, along with cofounder Chris DeWolfe, made a fortune when News Corp. bought MySpace for $580 million in 2005, may have a secret: his real age. According to public documents obtained by NEWSWEEK - including professional license information, voter registration and utility and telephone service applications - Anderson is five years older than he claims. His online profile currently lists his age as 32, but it appears he was actually born on Nov. 8, 1970, meaning he'll turn 37 next week, not 33. (Happy birthday, Tom!)

I just want to cry. I've been driving myself so hard at Alfresco, saying, "If a 27-year old can do it, I can, too!" And now I find out that he's actually older than I am. I've lost all ambition. ;-)


Via Techluver.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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