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Case
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Reference no. 9B14M107
Authors: Meeta Dasgupta
Published by: Ivey Publishing
Originally published in: 2014
Version: 2014-09-02
Revision date: 21-Oct-2014

Abstract

Established in 2004, Facebook had shown stupendous growth. However, faced with the evolving mobile communication industry and increasing competition, the company was on the lookout to increase its user base by acquiring WhatsApp. Was it the right decision for Facebook to acquire WhatsApp - and at the steep price of $19 billion? From WhatsApp's perspective, the company's founder wanted to continue with his vision of connecting people, irrespective of the decision involving Facebook. Should WhatsApp sell its assets to Facebook or should it insist on an equity alliance instead?
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Abstract

Established in 2004, Facebook had shown stupendous growth. However, faced with the evolving mobile communication industry and increasing competition, the company was on the lookout to increase its user base by acquiring WhatsApp. Was it the right decision for Facebook to acquire WhatsApp - and at the steep price of $19 billion? From WhatsApp's perspective, the company's founder wanted to continue with his vision of connecting people, irrespective of the decision involving Facebook. Should WhatsApp sell its assets to Facebook or should it insist on an equity alliance instead?

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