After Whatsapp being purchased by Facebook for a whooping price of 19 billion and the co-founders of WhatsApp Jam Koum and Brian Acton made their way to the Forbes billionaires list.
So, This article covers the amazing journey of Whatsapp co-founders Mr. Jan Koum and Mr. Brian Acton as to, how from a simple employee at “Yahoo” they made it as “Newest Billionaire” on the Forbes Billionaire list.
About the Duo
Jan Koum and Brian Acton both are bith computer programmer and internet entrepreneur. In 1997, Jan Koum was hired by Yahoo. An year later, in 1998 Brain Acton was hired. Both were working as a security tester. After working for over nine years they travelled to South Africa to take a break from work in 2007. In this time span they even applied for a job at Facebook, but they couldn’t make it through.
The Story of Whatsapp Starts :
In January 2009 Jam Koum bought an iPhone, which grew his interest to make an app, as the App store had a lot of apps. They met a friend Alex Fishman over tea and that was the Proud moment when Koum came up with the name of the app. And this is How the name WhatsApp originated, as it sounded similar to ‘Whats up’. A week later on his birthday February 29, 2004 he incorporated WhatsApp Inc in California.
The Further Journey
After establishing WhatsApp inc. Jan Koum and Brian Acton started working on the app WhatsApp. In the early stages, it kept crashing. There was even a time when Jan Koum lost all hope; decided to give up and look up for another job. At that time Brian Acton motivated him and asked him to work on it for few more months. When Apple in the year 2009 launched the push notification, which would let developers ping the users when they weren’t accessing the app. Jan Koum updated WhatsApp such that, every time a user updates a status all the members in the user network would receive a push notification about it in the form of a ping. The first version of Whatsapp was released with a messaging comment and the number of users increased up to 25,000.
Brian Joins :
At that time Brian Acton was still unemployed and he decided to join the company. Later on 1st November he officially joined the company after his ex yahoo friends funded the company. Being in beta stage the app was finally launched in November exclusive for the app store on the iPhone. After a small span of time with the help of a friend named Chris Peiffer blackberry version was launched.
As the primary version was sending verification texts to user it was switched from unpaid to paid service to avoid a rapid growth in users. The popularity of WhatsApp kept increasing and soon it was available for all devices.
The Journey Proceeds :
On August 24, 2014 Jan Koum announced on his twitter handle that WhatsApp had over 600 million active users worldwide, making amazing services in the App-House like Whatsapp Status, Audio, voice messages, images and videos. Even after being purchased by Facebook the company still has just 55 staff members out of which 32 of them are engineers. Jam Koum and Brian Acton are still focussed on making WhatsApp a pure messaging experience.
Even Brian Acton has attached a note on the desk of Jam Koum which states: ‘No Ads! No Games! No Gimmicks!’
And they even quoted: ‘Our principles will not change’. We hope Jan Koum and Brian Acton keep working hard and give us a better experience and achieve great heights of success.