The biggest news yesterday was from one of the largest acquisition in technology companies in recent history – the purchase of Whatsapp for $19 billion by Facebook. What’s more, $3.2 billion of that cash purchase went to one of Whatsapp’s co-founder, Brian Acton, an engineer who was turned down by Facebook in 2009.
Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) August 3, 2009
Got denied by Twitter HQ. That’s ok. Would have been a long commute.
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) May 23, 2009
In fact, Acton was turned down by Twitter as well. Perhaps his years of working with Yahoo and Apple hurt his chances, but his decision to go the startup route earned him much more stake than a position a either Facebook or Twitter. Talk about an epic comeback!