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The Rags-To-Riches Tale of How Jan Koum Built Whatsapp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby

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Brian Action, Jan Koum, WhatsApp

WhatsApp's Brian Acton and Jan Koum.

Credit: Robert Gallagher for Forbes

Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture capitalist Jim Goetz of Sequoia drove a few blocks from WhatsApp's discreet headquarters in Mountain View to a disused white building across the railroad tracks, the former North County Social Services office where Koum, 37, once stood in line to collect food stamps.

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