WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has announced he will leave the company and start a non-profit organization, which he describes as a, “new chapter in my life.” He made the announcement at a Facebook meeting, and posted about the decision on his Facebook page.
“I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about. I’ve decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications. It’s something I’ve thought about for a while, and now it’s time to just focus and execute. I’ll have more to share in the coming months. This decision is, of course, a tough one. I’m proud of what our team has accomplished in only a few years, and it’s humbling to see that so many people rely on WhatsApp every day.”
He doesn’t go into any detail about the non-profit, but as Forbes points out, his estimated worth of $6.5b, makes almost anything possible.
WhatsApp was launched in 2010 by Acton and fellow co-founder Jan Koum, who will remain with the company. It was sold to Facebook in 2014 for $19b.