WhatsApp co-founder plans to leave the company to start a foundation

In the early hours of today, Brian Acton had in a Facebook post made known his intention to leave WhatsApp.

Acton had in 2009 founded the instant messaging company, WhatsApp with current CEO, Jan Koum.

The post reads:

“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 nonprofit 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.”


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