osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Facebook and WhatsApp get together on V-Day

I am highly amused by this tidbit from the article on Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp.

"Mr. Zuckerberg asked Mr. Koum [founder of WhatsApp] to dinner at his home on Feb. 9, where he formally proposed a deal and invited Mr. Koum to join the Facebook board. Mr. Koum thought about it for a few days, and the two men met again on Valentine’s Day. Mr. Koum came over to Mr. Zuckerberg’s home, crashing the dinner Mr. Zuckerberg was sharing with his wife, Priscilla Chan. They negotiated over a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries intended for Ms. Chan."

Understand, this was Zuckerberg's first V-Day dinner with Priscilla Chan since they married last year. i can just imagine the vignette.

Zuckerberg: Priscilla, I want this meal to be perfect, just the two of us. I cleared my calendar. Told my assistant to hold my calls. And [pulls out smart phone] I'm turning off my smart phone.

Chan: Oh, Mark! [pause, surveying intimate romantic dinner setting] "and you made chocolate covered strawberries! My favorite.

Zuckerberg: I made them myself, just for you. I want this first Valentine's Day as a married couple to be all about us.

[ding dong]

Chan: Who is that?

Zuckerberg: I don't know, but I'll get rid of them. [walks up to door. Opens dramatically ready to tell off whoever has intruded. Stops dead when he sees it's WhatsApp founder Jan Kuom.]

Kuom: Hey, Mark.

Zuckerberg: Umm....Jan. What brings you here?

Kuom: I was thinking about your offer to acquire us. I think we could work out a deal. I tried to call, but your phone battery must be dead because it went right to voice mail.

Zuckerberg: Yeah, 'cause it's not like I'd ever shut it off on purpose.

Kuom: Anyway, so is this a good time to talk? You're not busy or anything . . .

Zuckerberg: No! Now's the perfect time! [they head back in to dining room] Honey? You remember Jan, don't you?

Chan: Mark? What about our dinner --

Kuom: [being totally oblivious tech nerd] Hey, are those chocolate dipped strawberries? [takes one] My favorite! [pause] You don't mind, do you?

Chan: My strawberries!

Zuckerberg: Not at all! Take the whole plate if you like.

Kuom: Thanks.

[sometime later, after hours of negotiating]

Kuom: Mark? If your phone batteries recharged you might want to lookat this. Seems your Facebook relationship status was just updated.

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