The cofounder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton, is set to leave WhatsApp to start a new foundation of his own. This was revealed by a Post he (Brian Acton) wrote on his official Facebook timeline.
According to the WhatsApp’s cofounder, he is starting a new foundation, one that rests at his heart after eight (8) years with the team at WhatsApp Inc.
Finetimelind below, a quote, of his original post as appeared oh his Facebook timeline:
“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.”
Brian is a Standford University alumnus and has been with WhatsApp since 2009 with cofounder Jan Koum, a Ukrainian immigrant. Both were former employees at Yahoo before quitting to start something of their own, hence WhatsApp in 2009.
After WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion, Brian has been with the team until now.
However, he is quitting the association to pursue his heart desire as implied in his Facebook post. This he said is a tough decision.