WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to leave firm, work on tech and comms non-profit




Brian Acton, who created messaging platform WhatsApp together with Jan Koum, has announced that he’s leaving the firm.

Through a Facebook post, Acton said that “after 8 years at WhatsApp,” he’d decided “to move on and start a new chapter” in his life.

(TOP: Brian Acton, the WhatsApp co-founder who’s leaving the social messaging firm. Photo: India Times).

Acton and Jan Koum, both former Yahoo! staff, co-founded WhatsApp in early 2009 as an iPhone app before the Android version of the app was released later. But before it could work on Android devices, the BlackBerry version of the app was also developed.

Prior to joining the then-lean WhatsApp team, Acton served in senior management positions at Yahoo! – beginning as a  Software Engineer for Yahoo Advertising and Data Processing unit in 1996 till when his departure in 2007 as a VP of Engineering, a total of 11 years. Before Yahoo!, he worked at Apple as a Software Engineer.

WhatsApp, which currently has about 1.3 billion users according to Statista had about 200 million active users and just 50 staff members in February 2013. On February 19, 2014, Facebook announced it was acquiring WhatsApp for US$19 billion, its largest acquisition to date.




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