WhatsApp Co-Founder Was Denied Job at Facebook, Then Sells It To Facebook Nearly 5 Years Later

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If you didn't know already, Facebook acquired WhatsApp yesterday for $19 billion. Even though it may be the biggest tech news of the year so far, there is an interesting story behind one of the co-founders of WhatsApp.

Brian Acton was one of the co-founders behind WhatsApp which he and Jan Koum founded together four years ago. Brian had been working at Yahoo for 11 years but his career there had come to an end. So in 2009 he started applying for jobs at Facebook and Twitter - both companies denied him and he tweeted about it.

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

So instead of giving him, he and Jan teamed up together to found WhatsApp and do their own thing. Now nearly five years later they have sold the messaging app to Facebook for a cool $19 billion.