WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, since the time Facebook acquired the messaging app, stuck to it till date. However, it seems like now is the time for Koum to bid farewell to the company.
As announced by Jan Koum via a Facebook post, the WhatsApp co-founder is leaving the company.
Jan Koum, via the post said, “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.”
While there is no exact reason behind the sudden departure from the company, it is assumed that due to a tiff about the data privacy issue could have fueled the exit.
Additionally, Jan Koum is expected to leave Facebook’s board of directors as well.