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  • Startups come and go, meaning that those in the tech world often face the dilmemma of pick at which company where they’ll actually be successful in the future.
  • Major tech executives who have turned down lucrative offers include Instagram’s Kevin Systrom and Bachelorette’s Ali Fedotowsky.
  • Here are some other big names in Silicon Valley who may have missed out on millions from opportunities they turned down.

Ali Fedotowsky walked away from Facebook when she opted to be ABC’s Bachelorette.

Robert Cezar Matei missed his chance to join early Facebook, Square and Instagram teams.

It’s impossible to know which startup is going to become the next billion dollar success story, and the risk of letting a golden opportunity slip through your fingers is something that tech workers grapple with every day.

While some who turn down lucrative offers still achieve success — Instagram’s co-founder Kevin Systrom is a prime example — others may come to live in regret.

Here are how some Silicon Valley techies missed opportunities to make millions at companies like Facebook and Instagram: