In 2009 WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton was turned down for a job at Facebook, 5 years later Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 billion. Brian Acton applied for a job at Facebook, which he was not successful in, so he took to Twitter, and told his followers about how he’d been turned down, and would await his next adventure.
Not long after though, himself and Jan Koum co-founded WhatsApp. Since its launch, WhatsApp has been installed on millions of devices around the world, and they are both multibillionaires because of it.
However, just five years later, Facebook bought WhatsApp for a massive $19 billion. Facebook must surely be regretting that mistake, as they would’ve been able to use Acton to launch WhatsApp as a Facebook venture. However, whether he would’ve had this idea had he got the job is debateable.
Koum had a more difficult childhood, whilst Acton was a computer science graduate, and played golf. Whilst they first met each other whilst at Yahoo, it wasn’t until two years later that then met up again to launch WhatsApp.
Koum was the one with the initial idea as he said that with phones constantly being monitored, and messages censored, there needed to be something which would help stop this happening. He moved to California with his grandmother and mother in 1992, and his CV isn’t too extensive, with quick remarks about how he didn’t really graduate, and how he doesn’t have any qualifications.
Acton also says that his and Youm’s characters complement each other in a ‘yin and yang’ type of way, with Acton dealng with the business and finance, and Youm concentrating on the app.