What next for outgoing WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton?

What next for outgoing WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton?

What next for outgoing WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton?

Brian Acton, the co-founder of Facebook-owned WhatsApp will leave the messaging service company to start a new foundation, he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. In a lot of ways, though, this is what WhatsApp had always stood for before Facebook acquired it three years ago.

Mr. Acton's exit comes as WhatsApp lays the groundwork to make. While Acton didn't mention when exactly he will be stepping off, sources tell VentureBeat the action will take place sometime this year in November.

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"I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I'm passionate about", Acton, 45, wrote in a blog post. It's something I've thought about for a while, and now it's time to just focus and execute. He announced the decision to his colleagues at WhatsApp during an meeting at Facebook headquarters. Both of them worked with Yahoo, moved on and applied to Facebook and both of them were rejected. Though, he did not share more concrete details about his new venture. Acton has posted the same on his Facebook later. Acton is a computer programmer and He played an important role in the internal engineering of WhatsApp. The Stanford alumnus is moving on from the helm of affairs of the messaging app eight years after he co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian Jan Koum in 2009.

However, there's no clarity on what Acton will be working in future. Acton is now estimated to have a net worth of $6.5 billion, according to Recode.

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Acton's departure comes at a time when WhatsApp is not now generating any revenue and plans to hire for a number of key positions.

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