Facebook turned down WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton for a job in 2009

By Josh Ong

Here’s an inspiring story on perservering in spite of rejection. Four years after Facebook turned him down for a job, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is now selling his company to Facebook for as much as $19 billion.

We love how upbeat Acton’s 2009 tweet is as he opines about “life’s next adventure.” That adventure turned out to be a 450 million-user mobile messaging giant and the largest-ever venture-backed deal.

Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.

— Brian Acton (@brianacton) August 3, 2009

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