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.
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
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.
Got denied by Twitter HQ. That’s ok. Would have been a long commute.
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) May 23, 2009
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.”