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WhatsApp Co-Founder Rejected From Facebook Job Before $19 Billion Buyout

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And if that fails, stick it to the man by starting your own company and making 'The Man' pay $19 billion in the largest Silicon Valley acquisition of all time. 

Brian Acton, co-founder of the popular messaging app WhatsApp, made history when he sold his app for $19 billion to Facebook. But before he became a Silicon Valley legend, he was one of the millions of Americans searching for a new job in 2009.

His job search turned out to be unfruitful. Despite having worked as an engineer at Yahoo for 11, Brian was rejected from both Facebook and Twitter. 

"Facebook turned me down," Brian tweeted in 2009. "It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life's next adventure."

Life's next adventure apparently meant co-founding one of the fastest-growing tech companies of all time. In five years, WhatsApp became such a hot commodity, Facebook decided to buy it for $19 billion.

Brian, who seems like a nice enough guy to not be smug about the whole thing, proves that success is the best revenge. It also proves that if you can't achieve your dream the conventional way, forge your own path and don't let anyone get in your way.

Props to you, Brian! You've inspired us to not let anything get in the way of our dreams. 


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