WhatsApp co-founder is leaving the company

Gwen Vasquez
September 13, 2017

Brian Acton, the man who co-founded WhatsApp, is now leaving the company. Acton ran WhatsApp's engineering team. Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, along with Neeraj Arora, Head of Business, WhatsApp had visited Indian Institute of Technology -Delhi to interact with the students.

Previously a Yahoo employee, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009 and spent eight years with the company. Acton has posted the same on his Facebook later.

Making the announcement to colleagues at a WhatsApp meeting at Facebook headquarters on Tuesday, Acton later posted the news to his Facebook page. According to Facebook, WhatsApp has a worldwide user base of 1.3 billion monthly active users. WhatsApp was later in 2014 bought by Facebook for $19 billion in cash and stock. "I've chose to start a foundation focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications".

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"It's something I've thought about for a while, and now it's time to just focus and execute", the 45-year-old added.

With a net worth of roughly $6.5 billion, Acton now overlooks the company's engineering team and is expected to hand off his duties to other engineers. Though, he did not share more concrete details about his new venture. In particular, Acton has been given much credit for his role in implementing WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption which now features on all messaging conversations. Coincidentally, Brian's post for leaving the company comes a week after they officially announced monetization agendas for businesses.

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