Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Feb 2014 22:20 UTC
Internet & Networking

Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares. The agreement also provides for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing.

A huge deal. WhatsApp is one of the biggest messaging services is in the world - maybe even the biggest.

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$19B for a 55 employee Company
by dindin on Thu 20th Feb 2014 14:29 UTC
dindin
Member since:
2006-03-29

They said $13B for Motorola was too much.

What exactly does What'sApp have that's so unique that its worth $340M+ per employee - not that most of the employee will see any of that - maybe a small bonus.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

What exactly does What'sApp have that's so unique that its worth $340M+ per employee


Contacts, relations between them, messages and metadata.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

They have 450M active users and its growing at triple digit rates. WhatsApp has 1M new users daily and sends 19B messages a day.

With some clever partnerships, they could land themselves a full blown SMS replacement.

Edited 2014-02-20 16:48 UTC

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