WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to leave company


"Comcast sees $40 billion to $50 billion in potential revenue from selling services like voice, video and networking technologies to business customers, a market segment traditionally dominated by telecom companies like AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, said Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business, in an interview".

Acton, who started at Facebook when WhatsApp was acquired for $19 billion in 2014, is the lesser-known of WhatsApp's two co-founders. Acton continued by pointing out that the time has come for him to "focus and execute" his latest plan. Acton is a computer programmer and He played an important role in the internal engineering of WhatsApp.

A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian nimmigrant Jan Koum in 2009.

Both Jan Koum and Brian Acton worked at Yahoo before starting their messaging sensation WhatsApp. Before posting this, he announced his departure to his colleagues in an all hands meeting at the FB headquarters.

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He also declares that the decision to leave WhatsApp was "a tough one", as he is proud of his team and what they've managed to accomplish in "only a few years". I think it was best for us that he didn't get hired by Facebook or Twitter otherwise the messaging app WhatsApp which is serving over 1 billion across the globe probably wouldn't have existed. According to a company's source, Acton played an important role in WhatsApp's encryption process and his role can't be filled by any one employ.

However, there's no clarity on what Acton will be working in future.

WhatsApp at one time made a commitment to never sell ads, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg had alluded to the possibility of advertising on the chat app in conversations with analysts this summer. According to Forbes, Acton has a net worth of $6.5 million.