Although founding a company is always a challenge, there has never been a better time than now for starting a business. The acquisition announced last month of WhatsApp by Facebook for $19 billion illustrates this opportunity. It is not the size of the deal; there have been huge deals that have made founders incredibly wealthy for decades. What is exciting is how WhatsApp achieved this huge exit.
What is amazing now is that you can build a $19 billion business quickly without a huge investment because of cloud computing. When you look at Microsoft and Google (and even Facebook), it took them thousands of engineers to build their businesses. WhatsApp has just 32 software engineers, which means that each one supported about 14 million users.