After almost a journey of a decade, Jan Koum calls it a day at Facebook. Jan Koum started whatsApp with his friend and co-founder Brian Acton. Facebook acquired whatsApp, world’s most famous messaging app back in 2014 for $19 billion.
In a post on his Facebook profile, Jan stated;
It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on. I’ve been blessed to work with such an incredibly small team and see how a crazy amount of focus can produce an app used by so many people all over the world.
I’m leaving at a time when people are using WhatsApp in more ways than I could have imagined. The team is stronger than ever and it’ll continue to do amazing things. I’m taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee. And I’ll still be cheering WhatsApp on – just from the outside. Thanks to everyone who has made this journey possible.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg commented on the post appreciating Jan’s innovation and creativity.
As of the reason why Jan made this decision. He simply said, it is time to move on.