It is no small development for messaging app giant WhatsApp. Brian Acton, the man who co-founded WhatsApp, is now leaving the company. Brian Acton took this decision after he spent eight years with WhatsApp. A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009. The duo worked at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp.
The big development was confirmed by Acton himself in a Facebook post. In a detailed Facebook post, Acton reveals why he is leaving the company and what he is going to do next. Here is the full text of his Facebook post confirming his big decision:-
“After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life.
I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about. I’ve decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications. It’s something I’ve thought about for a while, and now it’s time to just focus and execute. I’ll have more to share in the coming months.
This decision is, of course, a tough one. I’m proud of what our team has accomplished in only a few years, and it’s humbling to see that so many people rely on WhatsApp every day.”
Facebook post by Acton:-
Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.