Just when everyone’s focus was on the announcements that Apple was about to make; yesterday, WhatsApp Co-Founder, Brian Acton, announced his exit.
Acton announced his plans to leave in a meeting at the headquarters of Facebook and later on posted the official news on his Facebook page. He said that he is planning to start his own non-profit business.
After dedicating 8 years to WhatsApp, Acton has decided to start a new chapter in his life by moving on.
His new non-profit venture will be focused on technology and communications. He was thinking about this for a while, and he is thankful that the company has supported his decision.
Along with Jan Koum, Acton started WhatsApp when they were working at Yahoo in 2009. The team made the product big when they were acquired by Facebook in 2014 at the cost of $22 billion.
Company’s Future Plan
Talking about WhatsApp future plans, the number of users has already increased from 450 million to one billion.
To make the app use more widely, the company has begun to make some new moves to monetize the service. It’s also planning to add business profiles which will let users connect with companies through the app.
For India, the company has begun to make moves for enabling payments as it is the largest market for WhatsApp based on the number of users.