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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to leave company

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to leave company
Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California. Photo: Reuters
Published: 10:20 AM, September 13, 2017

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook Inc <FB.O>, will leave the messaging service company to start a new foundation, he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

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

A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009. The duo worked at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp. REUTERS