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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton leaves company to start his own foundation

Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock


Brian Acton, Neeraj Arora, WhatsApp, IIT Delhi
Brian Acton, Co-Founder, WhatsApp and Neeraj Arora, Head of Business, WhatsApp seeking product ideas from students at IIT Delhi. Photo: PTI

Brian Acton, the co-of which was later acquired by Facebook, on Wednesday announced that he was leaving the company to start a non-profit venture of his own.

"After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life," wrote on

"I have decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications," he added. 

"I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I'm passionate about," he said.

spent eight years with WhatsApp, which bought in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.

A Stanford alumnus, co-founded with Ukrainian immigrant in 2009. The duo worked at before starting

First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 13:46 IST