WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton announces resignation, will start a non-profit
Sep 13 2017 by Joanne Wise
Brian Acton, the man who co-founded one of the most popular messaging apps worldwide, WhatsApp, is now leaving the company and it is no small deal for the company. He shared this news via Facebook Post. Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, and is lesser known among the two co-founders.
Acton confirmed the news of his leaving the office via a Facebookpost.
In his Facebook post, which announced his resignation to the public, Brian wrote that he has made a decision to move on in life to start a new life and hence, leaving Whatsapp with immediate effect. Acton is a computer programmer and He played an important role in the internal engineering of WhatsApp.
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Brian Acton took to his social media page to announce his departure from WhatsApp. He announced the decision on Facebook, saying the non-profit will be "focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications", he said. Brian Acton with current CEO of WhatsAppJan Koum launched the messaging app service back in 2009, which now has 1.3 billion monthly active users and 1 billion daily active users. Prior to this, both of them worked together in Yahoo. It's something I've thought about for a while, and now it's time to just focus and execute. His role won't be filled by any one employee, according to a company spokesperson. Forbes estimates Acton's net worth at $6.5 billion. Though, he did not share more concrete details about his new venture.
According to sources allegedly familiar with the matter, Acton will reportedly leave the company sometime in November. In a lot of ways, though, this is what WhatsApp had always stood for before Facebook acquired it three years ago.