WhatsApp was co-founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum in February 2009. Both the co-founders shared a similar professional journey. Both of them worked with Yahoo, moved on and applied to Facebook and both of them were rejected. Together, the two have also taken a trip to South America in 2007. Their story is of a great friendship. However today, Brian Acton announced that he has resigned from WhatsApp and is now working on his own non-Profit.
The two have since worked really hard to build WhatsApp as a major international brand and a giant in the world of smartphone communication. WhatsApp, when it initially started was just a tool that would tell your friends about what you are doing, basically it was just meant for social media updates.
However eventually Brian Acton and Jan Koum envisioned it to become a chat application and since then the app has been getting better with every passing day. The highest point in the company’s history was when Facebook acquired it for $22 Billion. Jan Koum and Brian Acton, who were both rejected by Facebook were now Billionaires, thanks to Facebook.
Brian Acton announced this decision on Facebook saying:
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.
It would be interesting to see where Brian Acton goes from here. Stay tuned with us for more updates!