Facebook IPO: My Missed Millionaire Opportunity

Hi Buck,

Thanks for your interest in Facebook.  I would like to set up a time to understand your background a bit more in detail. Would you be available between 10:30am and 12:00pm pst?  Looking forward to speaking with you!  Regards, Jane. 

Jane Doe | Facebook Recruiting  (:: 650-XXX-XXXX 
8:: 1601 S California  Avenue | Palo Alto, CA | 94304

Back in September 2009, I was in between jobs and looking for a way to stay afloat while we all recovered from the worst recession since the Great Depression. I was going back and forth with a social media company that was gaining a lot of media buzz. You might have heard of them. Does Facebook ring a bell? My skills lined up. I thought I did well on the recruiter phone interview. After some back and forth on the phone and over emails, my lead went cold.

Thinking back, I was a little greener and not as hungry. My effort was half hearted at best since I wasn’t keen on moving from Los Angeles and my present day, motivated alter ego was years away from surfacing. Could I have worked harder? Could I have done more to get past the recruiter and in front of the hiring manager? We will never know, but as Mark Zuckerberg gets ready to file for Facebook’s IPO, I can’t help but wonder, what if?

What are your thoughts on Facebook’s IPO? Do you have a What If moment?

Stay Inspired!

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27 Responses

  1. Bayard Coulombe says:

    I completely agree with you as I too have missed the same chance. My friend had suggested me to buy some of the shares of FB. I thought that FB would not be a hit and he thought otherwise. And today he has earned a great deal as he had decided to go for FB IPO during that time.

  2. krantcents says:

    I had a what if moment a very long time ago, when I interviewed for a Director position with Netflix. I wasn’t eager to relocate, but I thought I would give it shot and see if I had to make that decision. It turned out, I never did. No regrets! Things seem to always work out.

  3. Dang Buck,

    You could have been a millionaire in waiting! Well on to bigger and better things. I know I wished I would have worked a little more harder in college instead of dragging it out. To be honest I just wasnt ready and went because everyone said I should. But hey its one thing to just miss out but learning from those old moments are key to success in the future.

  4. I have many what if moments.

    I think the Facebook IPO is exciting. With the public disclosure that’s required, we’ll get more details on operations, expectations, profitability, etc. It should be very interesting for a while as they perhaps shift the way the company is run.

  5. AverageJoe says:

    Well, there’s an upside for the rest of us, dude. If you were about to have your cha-ching! moment, we probably wouldn’t have this wonderful blog to read….

    • Buck Inspire says:

      What’s the movie called? Sliding doors, how one life could drastically change from one moment in time? No regrets and I wouldn’t change a thing. My blog might not have been born and I might never have visited the totally awesome The Free Financial Advisor blog. Thanks for the reminder Joe!

  6. Arlee Bird says:

    My life is filled with what if moments, but aren’t all of ours. I don’t think I’ve ever had a decision with a big corporation like Facebook, but my decision were of a different nature–important nevertheless. I wonder where Facebook will be in 10 years. The love affair with technology can be so fickle. Anyone still hang around with MySpace?

    • Buck Inspire says:

      True we all have those moments. Funny, I heard an interview from Sean Parker, FB should never have been this successful. Companies like Friendster and MySpace just totally dropped the ball when they were leading all the way. Crazy.

  7. Don’t look back too much. Although, a piece of this IPO would be a nice little perk. There’s always new opportunities out there.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Don’t worry Hunter, not fretting too much. The whole IPO buzz just reminded me of a moment in time I had. Since I still had the email, figure it would make for a cool post. Thanks again!

  8. Juan says:

    Well, I guess this just shows that we need to take life day by day. We can’t predict the future and sometimes it is best to just roll with the punches [though having a couple extra million due to the facebook ipo would be really nice 🙂 ].

  9. JT says:

    At the rate you’re going with the podcast you won’t need it! Best of luck with what you’re working on.

  10. I have said “what if” lots of times. Hind site is always 20/20. It sucks I know. We never know what the future will hold. I guess the only thing I would say is always give full effort with everything you do. You never know what is going to happen.

  11. I think all of us wonder at some point about ‘the road not taken’ – whether that was by our own choice or from other circumstances. I too wonder where Facebook will be in a decade or so. Much of it seems a waste of time and I think it de-personalizes interactions.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      I wasn’t that keen on it either. I thought it was a waste of time and yes, people do seem to use devices as a buffer to real communication these days. It was fun to reflect on what if. I don’t think I would be so calm if I was an initial roommate and I said no to moving to Palo Alto.

  12. Yes most of us make mistakes like this when we are younger. It kinda sucks when you later realize what you mightve missed out on, but there is not much point in dwelling on regrets. It does make for a cool story though. I had a similar regret from my college days. This nerdy guy in our dorm went on to start a very popular free dating site. Makes me wish I didnt pick on him back then.

  13. Benny says:

    Oh I have a lot of what if moments for sure!

    Who would have really guessed FB would have taken off like it did. It would have been fun to see what would have happened if you were there. I just read the guy who painted graffiti in the FB office earned about $200 million because he was paid with stock. Good for him!

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