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Report: Snapchat Turns Down Acquisition Offer of $3 Billion From Facebook

     
12:22 pm on Nov 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Now that is confidence in the service, or is the guy crazy.

Snapchat, a rapidly growing messaging service, recently spurned an all-cash acquisition offer from FacebookFB +4.32% for close to $3 billion or more, according to people briefed on the matter.

The offer, and rebuff, came as Snapchat is being wooed by other investors and potential acquirers. Chinese e-commerce giant Tencent HoldingsTCEHY -1.33% had offered to lead an investment that would value two-year-old Snapchat at $4 billion.

Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s 23-year-old co-founder and CEO, will not likely consider an acquisition or an investment at least until early next year, the people briefed on the matter said. They said Spiegel is hoping Snapchat’s numbers – of users and messages – will grow enough by then to justify an even larger valuation, the people said.Report: Snapchat Turns Down Acquisition Offer of $3 Billion From Facebook [blogs.wsj.com]
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Good move, I think many on Snapchat are there be cause they dont like Facebooks ways.
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3 billion for a hideous nightmare.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

I recall Dear Rupe gushing about his latest acquisition,

"MySpace gets more page-hits a day than Google!"

And remind me, how much did Y! pay for Geocities?

A snip at 4 billion.
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I think its worth more, they paid 1bn for Instagram before many really understood the value of images. My understanding is people are there because there's no real alternative for Android?
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Bubble.
5:33 pm on Nov 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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> 23-year-old co-founder

Somehow I think whatever he does, he'll have enough money to be able to make these choices, the option of turning down that amount of cash is certainly a nice problem to have.
4:08 am on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Is Facebook losing its luster?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/technology/facebook-strives-to-keep-its-cachet.html?pagewanted=all [nytimes.com]

Facebook, Still Dominant, Strives to Keep Cachet

When Evan Spiegel peered into a crystal ball to divine a future for his company, Snapchat, he did not see Facebook.

He saw something else, something much bigger — a social network that could exist on its own, outside Facebook.

Facebook is still the dominant social media service, and has been an attractive suitor for many start-ups.
 

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