Source : Silicon India
Bangalore: The Company that you walked out on could have made you a millionaire, it hurts a lot when you get to know that. Priorities change in a person’s life, and everyone expects the trends to change according to their choices. For some it all goes down the wrong track.
Neglecting the potential, these people have denied proposals that could have made them millionaires and a vital part of a billion dollar company. Whether they realize the same or not, Business Insider says that these people surely miss the hundreds of millions they could have made by sticking on to the right boat.
These are the people who missed out on the once in a life-time opportunities.
1. Joe Green
Followed Dad’s advice to lose $3 Billion
As roomies, Mark Zuckerberg and Joe had gotten into trouble with the Harvard administration after creating Facemash. Joe’s dad who was a professor at UCLA cautioned him against being a part of any of the future Zuckerberg projects. When Joe was offered a position as the founding member of Facebook with three percent share in the company, which would be about $3 Billion, he walked out on it to keep his father’s words. “Every once in a while you can have a moment of bitterness but in general I’ve been so blessed with what I have been able to do,” Joe tells Bloomberg Business Week.
2. Joe Jackson
When Zuckerberg asked Joe to join Facebook on its first Silicon Valley summer, his Harvard classmate turned down the offer to choose the much secured internship at JP Morgan. “I completely missed the boat. I wasn’t thinking about it as ‘This could be my chance to be rich and famous.’ It was more like, ‘This is going to Palo Alto and living in a house with a bunch of kids and programming for a startup that may not go anywhere,” says Joe at a Bloomberg Business Week interview.
3. Amanda Wixted
When the most hyped photo sharing application of the year, Instagram was taking shape, Amanda was offered a place on board as the first hire of the startup. As she was working as the lead engineer on the mobile team of Zynga, Amanda denied Kevin and Mike’s offer to stick to what she thought as a better cup of tea. “It was a great team fit, but I just couldn’t get excited about a photo-sharing app. I felt, and I still feel, that I need to be working on more complicated things, so I’ve stayed in the games space…Of course, I’m kicking myself now,” says Amanda.
4. Sahil Lavingia
While Pinterest is scaling new financial heights, Sahil left the company, a month before finishing his one year mark. Though he has raised millions with his startup, Gumroad, Sahil could have had a better timing with the move. With finger crossed and 3 full time employees, Sahil would be hoping that he makes it bigger than Pinterest.
5. Julian Targowski
In October 2010, when Julian was offered a place in Instagram, he denied it by saying that he was not interested and was rather working on his own application. Justifying his decision Julian says on Quora “I don’t regret a thing. You realize a lot of things about yourself (how content you are with your current situation, how hard you’re working, where you want to be in the next few years, etc) when things like this happen.”
6. Robert Cezar Matei
Even after receiving the most creatively crafted call letter with beautiful pictures and shared experiences from Kevin Systrom, Robert chose to work for Quora instead. Robert had earlier denied his place at Facebook to continue at Stanford and turned down the opportunity to be on the Square team. “If you’re in the Valley for any amount of time, you’ll have missed opportunities. Whatever, opportunities were rarely as close as they might seem in hindsight. There are a million ways my life could have turned out worse, too,” writes Robert.
7. Joshua Inkenbrandt
Joshua chose the position of an engineer at Pinterest against the now billion dollar Instagram due to some reasons he likes to keep with only himself. “I chose to work at Pinterest over Instagram. It was not an easy decision by any means because I really like Instagram and the guys who built it. I’ll keep my reasons for choosing Pinterest to myself, but I will say that I don’t regret the decision,” Joshua expresses on Quora.
8. Ali Fedtowsky
Ali was a contestant in The Bachelor dating pilot Jake Palveka. She did not want to let go the millions she was making at Facebook as the sales representative by running out of vacations and hence quit the show to be back at her desk. When ABC called her back to become The Bachelorette, Ali left her job at Facebook and the probable stock options for the TV show. To Ali’s disappointment, her engagement