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Kik Founder On Facebook Buying WhatsApp: Mobile Messaging Now “Table Stakes”

Four years ago, Brian Acton was looking for a job.

His job at Yahoo, where he’d filled many engineering roles over 11 years, had come to an end.

He was networking with recruiters:

He met with Twitter. Twitter said no:

He met with Facebook. Facebook said no:

So he and Jan Koum, a colleague from Yahoo, set out to do their own thing.

Today, they sold that thing to Facebook for 19 billion dollars.

Life is crazy.