Facebook Acquires Stealth Company Walletin

Posted Nov 18, 2010

Facebook has acquired a company that was in stealth mode called Walletin. Walletin was founded by former Linden Labs (Second Life) CTO Cory Ondrejka and Bruce Rogers. Rogers was a coder at Atari and was the CTO of gaming company Cryptic Studios before starting Walletin.

Below is an excerpt from Ondrejka’s blog:

During development [at Walletin], we got calls from friends at big Silicon Valley companies. We took those meetings because they came with free lunch, great conversations, and Walletin Global HQ doesn?t have air conditioning. We came away smarter for the discussions, but decided it was more fun to keep doing our own thing.

When we met with Facebook, we expected the same result.

Instead we met our people. Engineers focused on getting shit done? The more we learned about Facebook, the more we saw our ideas fitting in. The more we saw an opportunity exciting enough to abandon Walletin Corporate HQ and go into work every day. Ultimately, it was an easy decision and we will both be joining Facebook.