Facebook turned down both of WhatsApp co-founders when they applied for jobs there

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Both Founders of WhatsApp, Jan Koum and Brian Acton tried and failed to get jobs at Facebook after becoming dissatisfied at working at Yahoo.

Brian Acton confirmed it in a recent interview with Forbes Magazine “We’re part of the Facebook reject club” he said.

Brian also recorded his reaction for posterity in a tweet sent in August of 2009. He puts a positive spin on what was obviously a bad day but it shows just how quickly WhatsApp went from nothing to a $16 billion exit.

Acton seems to be a naturally upbeat guy judging by his chirpy response to also being turned down by Twitter only a few months earlier.

  

I’m sure there are no hard feelings now and it’s great to see a real life example of the age old expression “revenge is a dish best served four years later in the form of billions of dollars from an employer who didn’t want you the first time around.”

 
Tom Peters.

 


Author: Tom Peters

Journalist. Digital enthusiast. Asking questions about media business models and writing for DailyTechWhip.com

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