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WhatsApp founder got rejected for Facebook & Twitter jobs

20th Feb 14 9:40 am

Now Facebook is buying his company for $19bn.

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has more than one reason to feel a little smug today.

As well as selling his messaging app WhatsApp to Facebook for $19bn, he can relish in the fact that the world’s biggest social network turned him down for a job in the past.

@brianacton tweeted in August 2009: “Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.”


That follows his rejection from Twitter just a few months before.

@brianacton tweeted in May 2009: “Got denied by Twitter HQ. That’s ok. Would have been a long commute.”


Acton founded WhatsApp with Jan Koum that same year.

His Twitter account is not officially verified by Twitter – he hasn’t tweeted regularly since 2009 – but it is widely believed to be his personal account.

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