Facebook Acquires Whatapp for $19 Billion After Turning Down a Job for its Founder

The biggest news yesterday was from one of the largest acquisition in technology companies in recent history – the purchase of Whatsapp for $19 billion by Facebook. What’s more, $3.2 billion of that cash purchase went to one of Whatsapp’s co-founder, Brian Acton, an engineer who was turned down by Facebook in 2009.


In fact, Acton was turned down by Twitter as well. Perhaps his years of working with Yahoo and Apple hurt his chances, but his decision to go the startup route earned him much more stake than a position a either Facebook or Twitter. Talk about an epic comeback!