My 80-year old mom called me from Germany to explain that she read about the WhatsApp/Facebook deal a few days ago. She read it in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper early in the morning. My mom rarely even use a telephone…But my mom couldn´t imagine this is for real…In Germany they talk about what you can buy for this astonishing figure of 19 billion USD – never about the potential. It´s because still just a few thousends of people got accustoumed to use these new communication possibilities in a favourable way- instead of playing around. Very few people understand the potential to connect the world with a mobile smartphone. Even today.
But – suddenly my mom got the idea maybe it is a good thing that I started working in the mobile smartphone apps market.We will see.
Today is Jan Koum´s birthday. Maybe it was the biggest present he could made himself by selling his company to Facebook a few days ago. But he is in good “company”: It´s also Steve Job´s and Carey Waters-Navarro´s birthday.
I will never forget the situation in Berlin at the DIHT where 8 companies represented themselves after each of them paid around 100 billions within an auction to get the GSM rights for the local german market. It was astonishing: Noboday of these companies were able to represent any convincing ideas what they were going to do with their frequencies to the audience. We all drove home with empty hands….
Jan Koum has a clear vision: he wants to connect anybody with a smartphone with his tool. Right now 1,5 billion using a smartphone. 5 billion people soon!!! Whatch this video to learn who is Jan Koum.