(PCM) Talk about one heck of a comeback! There has been a ton of internet buzz lately circulating around Facebook’s purchase of the messaging app WhatsApp founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum for the price of $19 billion dollars in cash and stocks.
However, recently tweets have surfaced from the account of WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton that claim he was turned down for a job with both Facebook and Twitter back in 2009. How’s that for irony! We are fairly certainly Acton is laughing himself all the way to the bank after closing the recent mega-deal with Facebook.
Both Acton and Koum, who were both formerly employed by Yahoo!, left Yahoo! to form WhatsApp back in 2009. The company grew in record numbers over the past five years and currently boasts 450 million users worldwide. It is hailed as the most popular messaging app for smart phones.
The new business venture with Facebook will give WhatsApp “the flexibility to grow and expand” say Koum, who also joined the board over at Facebook as another part of the deal.
The recent acquisition between Facebook and WhatsApp marks the single highest price ever paid for a tech-start-up company.