Well, it has always been said that revenge is sweet. So 19 billion dollars worth of revenge must be a decadent paradise! When I delved into the story of Facebook’s purchase of What’s App for that awesomely high figure, I was quite interested to learn that co founder Brian Acton had been turned down for a job at Facebook and Twitter. Good thing too – or perhaps he may not have been a millionaire today. Jan Koum What’s Apps initial founder is an immigrant from Ukraine raised in a single parent household, who had an idea, pursued it with vigor, dedication and passion without hoopla or fanfare.
Facebook’s CEO – Mark Zuckerberg forecasts that What’s App will have a billion users in the near future. Zuckerberg described the messaging service as “incredibly valuable”. Sure is – it’s worth $19 billion to him!
The real story here is not so much the $19 billion, but it is really how perseverance, innovation and hard work always triumph. It is a tale to never give up, to pursue your ideas and of course couple that with hard work. Surround yourself with those who have the skills you don’t and focus – focus on delivering what customers want- even when they may not know they want it. These takeaways should be etched in the minds of everyone who wants to be successful. Success is the sweetest revenge!