WhatsApp co-founder is leaving the company

WhatsApp co-founder leaves company

Brian Acton, who along with his long-time friend Jan Koum helped found WhatsApp messenger has said in a Facebook post that he will leave the company and plans on starting a non-profit of his own.

A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009. Acton described his motivation for the move in a Facebook post Tuesday evening.

"Comcast sees $40 billion to $50 billion in potential revenue from selling services like voice, video and networking technologies to business customers, a market segment traditionally dominated by telecom companies like AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, said Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business, in an interview".

He added that he would have more information on his new project in the near future: "It's something I've thought about for a while, and now it's time to just focus and execute". Though, he did not share more concrete details about his new venture.

The co-founder of the ubiquitous messaging app announces his departure after eight years. The duo left the company in 2007 to start WhatsApp in 2009. Before posting this, he announced his departure to his colleagues in an all hands meeting at the FB headquarters.

It's not entirely clear what Acton will focus on with his new endeavor, but he certainly has money to throw around. According to Forbes Acton's net worth is $6.5 billion.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp is testing the unsend feature for the app and could launch it really soon.

According to sources allegedly familiar with the matter, Acton will reportedly leave the company sometime in November. Having spent $19bn in cash and stock on acquiring WhatsApp, it makes sense that Zuckerberg and his team would want to make returns on their investment.

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