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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the Facebook-owned messaging application to begin his own non-profit business.
Acton reported the decision on Facebook, of course:After eight years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and begin a fresh chapter in my life.
I’ve decided to begin a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, tech and communications.
Acton started whatsapp apps with CEO Jan Koum in 2009 after the pair had met working at Yahoo.
Today, whatsapp apps is the world’s most-used messaging application this day with over 1 bn every 30 days users, that’s further than double the 450 mn it had at the date of the acquisition.
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the firm to begin his own foundation
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the firm to begin his own non-profit.
Acton, who started at FB the time whatsapp apps was acquired for $19 bn in 2014, is the lesser-known of WhatsApp’s 2 co-founders.
(CEO Jan Koum is the other, and he’s not leaving the company.)
Ironically, Acton interviewed at FB back in 2009 after leaving a job at Yahoo, however he wasn’t hired.
Acton led engineering internally for WhatsApp, and a source lock to the firm tells he was a large advocate for WhatsApp’s push into encryption.
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to leave company
Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, this time owned with Facebook, going to leave the messaging service firm to begin a fresh foundation, he told in a FB post on Tuesday.
Acton spent 8 years with WhatsApp, that FB purchased in 2014 for $19 bn in cash and stock.
A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded whatsapp apps with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009.
The duo worked at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp.