Brian Acton Biography
(Co-founder of WhatsApp)
Birthday: February 17, 1972 (Aquarius)
Born In: Michigan
Brian Acton is an American Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer best known as the co-founder of WhatsApp. A graduate of computer science from the Stanford University, Acton began his career as a system administrator for Rockwell International. Moving on, he worked with companies like Adobe systems, Apple and Yahoo Inc. He invested in the dot-com boom but lost millions during the 2000 dot-com crash. He left Yahoo along with his colleague Jan Koum and eventually went on to develop the mobile messaging application WhatsApp with the latter. The duo, who once applied for jobs at Facebook but faced rejection, sold WhatsApp to Facebook in February 2014 for US$19 billion, the largest acquisition of Facebook till present. In September 2017, Acton left WhatsApp to start a non-profit organization with American computer security researcher Moxie Marlinspike, called ‘Signal Foundation,’ which was founded in February 2018.