Just Missed Millions: People Who Left Early Jobs At Billion-Dollar Companies
May 17th 2012 3:50PM
Updated May 17th 2012 3:56PM
Ali Fedotowsky walked away from Facebook (and probably most of her stock options) when she opted to be ABC's Bachelorette.
Missing millions hurts. Some people, like Kevin Systrom, went on to make millions after turning down early start-up jobs.
Most live in regret, knowing they let millions of dollars slip through their fingers.
Here are eight talented professionals who came close to being millionaires.
- Instagram wanted Amanda Wixted to be its first hire but she was cozy at Zynga.
- Ali Fedotowsky left Facebook to become The Bachelorette on ABC. Sadly she and the guy she picked didn't work out.
- Julian Targowski was offered a role at Instagram last October but walked away to launch his own app.
- Sahil Lavingia left Pinterest just before his one year mark so none of his stock options vested.
- Robert Cezar Matei had a chance to be on Instagram's founding team. He walked away from it for Quora.
- Mark Zuckerberg's college roommate and co-creator of Face Mash opted not to join Facebook's founding team.
- Joe Jackson also turned down a chance to be on Facebook's founding team when he took an internship with JP Morgan over Facebook'
- Joshua Inkenbrandt turned down Instagram to become an engineer at Pinterest.
- These guys all turned down Facebook but made millions other ways:
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