World Wide Trend
Facebook si regala WhatsApp, operazione da 19 miliardi di dollari
di Marco Maria Lorusso
20 Feb 2014
Nuova e clamorosa svolta nel mondo dei Social. Come anticipato da tempo il colosso di Zuckerberg accelera, proprio sul mondo mobile, e mette le mani sul gioiello WhatsApp, applicazione di messaggistica istantanea che collega milioni di smartphone nel mondo…
Nemmeno il tempo di festeggiare i suoi 10 anni ed ecco che Zuckerberg decide di regalarsi proprio WhatsApp, la società che produce l’applicazione di messaggistica istantanea e serve circa 450 milioni di utenti nell’ultimo anno. Costo dell’operazione: circa 19 miliardi di dollari.
I termini dell’accordo, rivelati da una comunicazione della Sec (Securities and Exchange Commission) spiegano che la società di Zuckerberg acquisterà le azioni e le opzioni WhatsApp con 183,9 milioni di azioni Facebook, valutate 12 miliardi di dollari. A questi si aggiungono 4 miliardi di dollari in contanti e 3 miliardi di dollari di azioni vincolate per i fondatori e i dipendenti di WhatsApp.Qui il testo completo della lettera che Zuckerberg in persona ha appena pubblicato… ovviamente su Facebook:
I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire WhatsApp and that their entire team will be joining us at Facebook.
Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. We do this by building services that help people share any type of content with any group of people they want. WhatsApp will help us do this by continuing to develop a service that people around the world love to use every day.
WhatsApp is a simple, fast and reliable mobile messaging service that is used by over 450 million people on every major mobile platform. More than 1 million people sign up for WhatsApp every day and it is on its way to connecting one billion people. More and more people rely on WhatsApp to communicate with all of their contacts every day.
WhatsApp will continue to operate independently within Facebook. The product roadmap will remain unchanged and the team is going to stay in Mountain View. Over the next few years, we’re going to work hard to help WhatsApp grow and connect the whole world. We also expect that WhatsApp will add to our efforts forInternet.org, our partnership to make basic internet services affordable for everyone.
WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community. Facebook Messenger is widely used for chatting with your Facebook friends, and WhatsApp for communicating with all of your contacts and small groups of people. Since WhatsApp and Messenger serve such different and important uses, we will continue investing in both and making them each great products for everyone.
WhatsApp had every option in the world, so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting.
I’ve also known Jan for a long time, and I know that we both share the vision of making the world more open and connected. I’m particularly happy that Jan has agreed to join the Facebook board and partner with me to shape Facebook’s future as well as WhatsApp’s.
Jan and the WhatsApp team have done some amazing work to connect almost half a billion people. I can’t wait for them to join Facebook and help us connect the rest of the world.