Just days before Facebook
acquired cross-platform mobile messaging service WhatsApp
for a package totaling $19 billion
made a lesser bid for the company. According to both CNN Money
and The Information
, Google offered WhatsApp an acquisition deal worth $10 billion.
Of further note, The Information also said that Google had actually previously approached WhatsApp with a financial offer of some kind just for the right to be notified if and when WhatsApp ever considered acquisitions from other companies--an offer worth millions that WhatsApp turned down.
Eleven days later, according to the site’s source, WhatsApp and Facebook announced their blockbuster deal.
It’s worth noting that Google’s $10 billion offer did not include a seat on its board, which may have influenced the WhatsApp leadership to take the more lucrative (both financially and in terms of power) deal from Facebook.