Jan KoumJan Combe/Facebook
Whatsapp founder Jan koum announced Monday that he would be leaving the app for messaging and its parent company Facebook.
He revealed his departure in a Facebook post, saying that it will take some time before contemplating his next move. Koum and Brian Acton founded whatsapp in January of 2009, and the acquisition of $19 billion to Facebook in the messaging app, officially closed in October 2014.
Combe is also a member of the Board of Directors of Facebook; Facebook would not comment on whether the godfather will remain on the Board.
Acton left Facebook and whatsapp last September to start a non-profit, and it and computer security researcher Matthew Rosenfeld, also known as moxie, even if you think started the basis of the signal in February to develop open source technology privacy.
CEO of Facebook mark Zuckerberg said during the company’s 2017 Q4 conference call that whatsapp has exceeded 1.5 billion monthly users.
Zuckerberg responded to Kum in Facebook about his departure: “I am grateful for all that you have done to help connect the world and for everything you taught me, including about encryption and its ability to make energy from centralized systems and put it back in the hands of the people. These values will always be in your heart in whatsapp”.