Friday, 21 February 2014

Amazing rags-to-riches story of WhatsApp founder Jan Koum

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The most interesting part of their journey is that both Jan Koum and Brian Acton applied for a job in Facebook and were rejected in 2009.

Expressing disappointment over the rejection, Brian Acton had then tweeted, “Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life's next adventure.”

It has indeed one of the biggest adventures in the tech world and a befitting reply to Facebook. Life has come a full circle for this duo with this billion dollar acquisition.
"Focus on simplicity, listen to your customers and iterate if you fail."(Jan Koum said in an interview to The Recapp)
With Facebook acquiring WhatsApp, its co-founders - Jan Koum and Brian Acton - have become billionaires and stars of technology world.
It has been an incredible journey for Jan Koum who lived on food stamps as a teenager.

Koum has 45 per cent stake in the company, while Acton’s stake is 20 per cent, making them worth a whopping $6.8 billion and $3 billion respectively, according to Forbes.

Jan Koum who dislikes any kind of publicity, has even refused to put up a sign board outside their WhatsApp office.

Their company exemplifies the spirit of Silicon Valley… 
“WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.