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Yes, Jan Koum referred to his time at Yahoo as a prison sentence. It makes sense: back when Koum had a Linkedin profile, his last three years at the company were described as “did some work.”

They look at newer platforms like Substack. They research it. They are curious about what might be possible. They don’t dismiss tools that haven’t worked for them as never working for them in the future.

They look at newer platforms like Substack. They research it. They are curious about what might be possible. They don’t dismiss tools that haven’t worked for them as never working for them in the future.

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International calls were also ridiculously expensive in 2007, so when Koum quit his job at Yahoo! and decided to travel the world, he wasn’t exactly fond of spending thousands on phone bills just to connect with friends abroad. He had an idea.Jan didn’t fit into the Silicon Valley culture. Born and raised in a Communist Ukraine village, Jan moved to Mountain View with his mother at the age of 16. He never really understood the light-minded nature of U.S. school friendships. “In Russia, you really get to know a person,” he said.“He was very no-nonsense, like ‘What are your policies here; What are you doing here?’” Other Ernst & Young people were using “touchy-feely” tactics like gifting bottles of wine. “Whatever,” says Brian Acton. “Let’s cut to the chase.”

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