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Feeling Stuck In Your Job or Career Search? Start A Business!

The most transformative journeys start with a simple idea born out of personal frustration. If you're feeling stuck in your job search or career, take inspiration from the story of Jan Koum and Brian Acton, the founders of WhatsApp.



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Stages Of Starting A Business


Setback -

Jan Koum, an immigrant with a background in coding, applied and interviewed at Facebook but was ultimately rejected. This setback, while disappointing, became the catalyst for an incredible journey.


Beginnings -

Dealing with the disappointment of rejection, Koum came up with an idea to address a personal inconvenience – missing phone calls while at the gym. This simple, yet practical idea set the stage for what would become a transformative app.


Creation -

Koum hired a programmer on RentACoder for the first build and published the application in just a few weeks. The app was initially a mobile address book with statuses next to contact names, so friends could see if someone was available, at the gym, in a meeting, etc.


Early Users -

To gain initial traction, Koum reached out to a community of fellow immigrants to adopt the app. This close-knit group provided the first user base and valuable feedback.


Challenges -

The app struggled to gain significant traction initially. User engagement was low, and the app was buggy and often crashed. These challenges could have been discouraging, but they were also opportunities for learning and improvement.


Breakthrough -

The breakthrough came when Apple launched push notifications. Koum updated the app to send a notification to all of a user's contacts when their status changed. This new feature was an instant hit with users, significantly boosting engagement.


Pivot -

Recognizing the app’s potential as a mobile instant messenger, Koum and Acton re-released it with new messaging functionality. The app quickly grew to 250,000 users within a few months, demonstrating the power of pivoting and adapting to user needs.


This inspiring journey led to the creation of WhatsApp, which was sold to Facebook for $19 billion in 2014. Today, WhatsApp is valued at over $50 billion with over 2 billion users worldwide. The story of WhatsApp is a testament to the power of persistence, adaptability, and starting with a simple idea and starting a business.


Ready to Start Your Journey?

If you're feeling uncertain about your next steps, consider following your passion and starting a side project. You never know where it’s going to take you, but the lessons you learn will be invaluable regardless of success or failure.


For those ready to take the first step, check out the Jetson AI app. It's designed to guide you through your entrepreneurial journey, providing resources and support to turn your ideas into reality.

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