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WhatsApp: Sequoia’s second big Facebook app deal

WhatsApp screens for Android
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WhatsApp screens for Android

Obviously, the big winners of the week are Jan Koum, Brian Acton and the 50-odd employees that make up WhatsApp, the mobile messaging application that just sold to Facebook for more than $16 billion.

Note, however, the other big winner in the deal: Sequoia Capital, one of WhatsApp's biggest backers since the company's founding in 2009.

For more analysis of the blockbuster deal, read the whole story at Re/code.

(Read more: An outrageous price for WhatsApp? Hang on ...)

By Mike Issac, Re/code.net.

CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in Re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.

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