WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton quits to head up tech non-profit

Brian Acton

Brian Acton

Acton, who started at Facebook when WhatsApp was acquired for $19 billion in 2014, is the lesser-known of WhatsApp's two co-founders. The decision comes three years after Facebook Inc. bought the messaging app for $22 billion.

Acton announced the departure to colleagues at a WhatsApp all-hands meeting at Facebook headquarters on Tuesday, and posted the news to his Facebook page later that afternoon. In a detailed Facebook post, Acton reveals why he is leaving the company and what he is going to do next. He shared this news via Facebook Post. Acton, a Stanford alumnus, had co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009. I've made a decision to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications. Acton is Quitting Whatsapp to start his own non-profit foundation. Acton continued by pointing out that the time has come for him to "focus and execute" his latest plan. They both used to work at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp.

Trak N Tell, a vehicle tracking telematics solutions provider, has raised funding in a Series A round led by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton.

Acton is one-half of the original team that launched WhatsApp. "I'll have more to share in the coming months". One of companies spokes person said that his role in the company was very important and no one can fulfill the void which he is leaving behind.

While there is no clarity as to what Acton will be focussed on as the ideas he has mentioned are quite broad. His net worth is at $6.5bn, according to Forbes, so he will have plenty of capital to put behind his as-yet-unspecified non-profit venture.

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