Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp is leaving the messaging service company. He shared this news via Facebook Post. Acton is Quitting Whatsapp to start his own non-profit foundation.
Acton was with Whatsapp when Social networking giant Facebook acquired it in the year 2014. Along with Jan Koum, Acton founded the Whatsapp in 2009. Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, and is lesser known among the two co-founders.
Both Jan Koum and Brian Acton worked at Yahoo before starting their messaging sensation WhatsApp. Acton is a computer programmer and He played an important role in the internal engineering of WhatsApp. He is the main person behind WA’s End-to-End Encryption.
As per the Internal Sources, Acton’s role won’t be filled by any employee. He announced the decision to his colleagues at WhatsApp during an meeting at Facebook headquarters. Acton has posted the same on his Facebook later.
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“I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about,” Acton, 45, wrote in a Facebook post. “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.”
However, there’s no clarity on what Acton will be working in future. According to Forbes Acton’s net worth is $6.5 billion. The reason for Acton’s sudden departure is not known yet.vSome rumors say that WhatsApp transforming into a revenue generating model made Acton leave the company.
It is known that Whatsapp with 1.3 billion users, is preparing to make some money and hiring for some key business positions, Right now, WhatsApp does not generate any revenue. The Other Co-founder and WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum will continue at the company