Brian Acton, the Co-Founder of Whatsapp is soon leaving the team for pursuing a Non-Profit Organisation “at the intersection of nonprofit technology and communications.” Acton with an immigrant from Ukraine known as Jan Koum co-founded Whatsapp, and this messaging app has spread like wildfire around the world. Whatsapp is now being used over a billion of people on a global platform. Whatsapp was taken over by Facebook in the year 2014 for a huge amount of $22 Billion in a cash and stock deal. This in result made Brian Acton a super rich billionaire. According to Forbes, the net-worth of Acton after the Whatsapp – Facebook deal is $6.5 Billion.
Brian Acton is a Stanford Alumni and has previously worked for Yahoo before Whatsapp came to light in the year 2009. Another Chinese company, Tencent was trying to acquire Whatsapp, but finally, Mark Zuckerberg managed to steal the deal. However, Whatsapp has been revamped a lot of times after being acquired by Facebook like the Status and video calling and so on.
Brian Acton has now announced his departure from Whatsapp on a Facebook post and even explained the reason behind it. Without keeping you in more suspense, let’s show you what he exactly posted on Facebook announcing about the same:
“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 am passionate about. I have decided to start a nonprofit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications. It is something
I have thought about for a while, and now it is time to just focus and execute. I will have more to share in the coming months.
This decision is, of course, a tough one. I am proud of what our team has accomplished in only a few years, and it is humbling to see that so many people rely on Whatsapp every day.”