Brian Acton announced plans to leave the company he co-created in pursuit for a noble cause. The WhatsApp founder intends to open a non-profit on his own. Actually, he is the less popular member of the duo that made the free cross-platform messenger possible. The world renowned CEO Jan Koum will stay behind to invest into a greater future for their successful app.
WhatsApp Founder Invested a Lot of Efforts into Growing His Company
On February 2014, Facebook purchased WhatsApp for a total of $19 million. However, as the company was content with the way this freeware evolved over the years, Facebook promised sellers that it would preserve the same line of executives.
At the time, Mark Zuckerberg explained the acquisition as Whatsapp seemed a perfect fit for Internet.org project. This endeavor needs a bundle of freeware such as a messaging app, browser, weather reports, and others to support users who can’t afford data services.
Brian Acton played an important part in developing the success of his messenger. He was the head of the engineering team internally, and he also insisted for WhatsApp to go big on the encryption side. According to a spokesperson for the company, there will be no employee to take Acton’s role.
Acton’s Next Organization Will Contain Elements of Non-Profit, Communications, and Technology
The WhatsApp founder announced his departing plans to his WhatsApp colleagues on Tuesday. Afterward, he posted the news on his Facebook profile to promote transparency with his online community as well.
“I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about.”
Through his online announcement, Acton admitted that his idea of opening a non-profit on his own haunted him for a long time. However, he decided to stop thinking and start acting. There are no clear details about this new chapter in Acton’s career. Nonetheless, he did reveal that the organization would be the result of a mixture of communications, technology, and non-profit.
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