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Know! How a person rejected by Facebook, Twitter, became a billionaire

Sometimes refusals open the door to greater success.


Know! How a person rejected by Facebook, Twitter, became a billionaire

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Sometimes refusals open the door to greater success. You might fear losing things all the time, but if you quit trying you will definitely let your fear triumph.

Brian Acton, WhatsApp co-founder taught us something similar. He was rejected by both Facebook and Twitter for a job, and later went on to becoming a billionaire by selling his stake to Facebook.

Here's a tweet by Acton dating back August 2009:

This was a Facebook post that he had updated:

In early 2014, Facebook Inc bought the fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock in a landmark deal that places the world's largest social network closer to the heart of mobile communications and may bring younger users into the fold. Acton got his share of $4 billion from the deal.

Founded by a Ukrainian immigrant who dropped out of college, Jan Koum, and a Stanford alumnus, Brian Acton, WhatsApp is a Silicon Valley startup fairy tale, which now boasts of a billion-user mark.

 

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