The biggest news that has been doing the rounds since early morning has been about the sensational taking over of cloud messenger application Whatsapp by social networking giants Facebook for a net worth of $19 billion.
However it is Brian Acton, co-founder of Whatsapp who is set to pocket a personal fortune of $3 billion when the transaction goes through, who has grabbed most eyeballs and has somewhat emerged as a role model for most aspiring entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley.
Acton, who has almost a decade of experience working for Yahoo, approached social networking phenomena Facebook and Twitter for a job back in 2009 but was turned down on both occasions. Having joined hands with former Yahoo employee Jan Koum, Acton set up one of the “coolest” cloud based multi-media messaging systems.
Acton’s example is now being cited worldwide among job seekers and how his unusually optimistic approach towards life after being denied work by both Facebook and Twitter helped him end up as a billionaire overnight. Tweets, which date back to August 2009 show how Acton took the failures in his stride and conceptualized Whatsapp.
Facebook would be ruing their mistake to turn down Acton when he came knocking at their door four years back, especially since it has cost them a fortune. The $19 billion takeover is more expensive than what Facebook offered to Snapchat and expectedly so given they were the closest competitor to Facebook in social networking spheres.
Mark Zuckerberg led Facebook has adopted a very simple strategy to remain the dominant force among social networking platforms; if you can’t beat them, buy them. However, the amount of fan-following that Acton has achieved through this and how his success story would serve as an inspiration to many, cannot be bought!