WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to leave company

Yolanda Curtis
September 13, 2017

While Facebook owns WhatsApp, the service has largely operated in its own silo.

Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp, announced that he will be leaving the company to follow other dreams. Acton posted about his departure on Tuesday through Facebook. The Stanford alumnus is moving on from the helm of affairs of the messaging app eight years after he co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian Jan Koum in 2009.

Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.

In his Facebook post, which announced his resignation to the public, Brian wrote that he has chose to move on in life to start a new life and hence, leaving Whatsapp with immediate effect. "I've made a decision to start a foundation focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications".

I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I'm passionate about. "I'll have more to share in the coming months".

Brian Acton wrote that it is "humbling" to think of the team's accomplishment especially when taking into consideration how many people use the app on the daily basis. According to sources who've spoken to Recode, Acton was also instrumental in pushing for encryption on WhatsApp.

However, there's no clarity on what Acton will be working in future. Acton is Quitting Whatsapp to start his own non-profit foundation. According to Forbes, Acton has a net worth of $6.5 million. Coincidentally, Brian's post for leaving the company comes a week after they officially announced monetization agendas for businesses.

WhatsApp recently announced its foray into adding business accounts.

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