Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp on Wednesday (September 13) announced that he was leaving the company to start a non-profit venture of his own.
A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009.
WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for approximately US$19.3 billion.
By February 2016, WhatsApp had a user base of over one billion, making it the most popular messaging application at the time.WhatsApp, was incorporated in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo. At one point they applied for jobs at Facebook but were rejected.
After Koum and Acton left Yahoo in September 2007, the duo traveled to South America as a break from work.
“After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life,” Acton wrote on Facebook.
“I have decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications,” he added.
Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.