Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said the deal clinched with Mark Zuckerberg to buy his company was not done through Facebook messaging, but WhatsApp. Sure, WhatsApp was eventually bought by Facebook, and the deal closed on October 6, but what this anecdote shows that even Facebook die-hards such as founder Mark Zuckerberg himself need multiple messaging apps to communicate and do business, as reported on Bloomberg.
When Iribe and Zuckerberg discussed the deal to buy Oculus, Iribe confessed he didn’t have Facebook installed on his phone and suggested the two communicate through WhatsApp instead. The deal, hammered out on WhatsApp, was for a $19 billion takeover of Oculus. Not only does everyone need to use various messaging systems, but Iribe says, “After a while, it’s like, maybe we should just call each other.”
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