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Sequoia Capital and the numbers behind the WhatsApp-Facebook deal

SOCIAL: Whilst the deal by Facebook to buy mobile messaging service WhatsApp for an eye-watering $16 billion has left many either scratching their heads in disbelief or thrilled for its founders, there are also others involved – not least its sole venture backer Sequoia Capital. Its punt on the company is a lesson in both pitching and partnership. Read more on Sequioa Capital blog.

Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion this week – the biggest deal in the social network’s history.

It’s a spectacular milestone for the company’s co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton, and its remarkable team. While others sought attention, Jan and Brian shunned the spotlight, refusing even to hang a sign outside the WhatsApp offices in Mountain View.

As competitors promoted games and rushed to build platforms, Jan and Brian remained devoted to a clean, lightning fast communications service that works flawlessly.

This approach has served WhatsApp well and its users better.

Read more on Sequioa Capital blog

NB: Facebook-WhatsApp image via Shutterstock.

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  1. Mani Semg

    This guy has an ad where facebook rejected him for a job, now Facebook shovels him the loot from his Whatsapp.. Poetic Justice :)

     
  2. Steve

    I see they have adopted the Facebook uniform.

     
 
 

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