Do you have a cell phone? Be it Android, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Apple iOS, Nokia Series 40, Symbian S60 or MS Windows Phone, all these OS have whatsapp feature. And most of the people around the world use whatsapp for their instant chat messaging. This amazing app allows you to send instant messages to your friends. You can also share photos, videos and audio messages with a single click on whatsapp. And that’s the reason most of the people love it. But do you know who have built this most popular instant messaging app? Let me tell you about the Founders of Whatsapp.
Founders of Whatsapp
There are two people who founded this amazing app, American Brian Acton and Ukrainian Jan Koum. Here is some information about them:
American Brian Acton
Brian Acton was born in the USA, 1972. He is one of the co-founders of Whatsapp. He was the former employee at Yahoo Inc. doing geeky stuffs. He is now working at Whatsapp Inc.
Ukrainian Jan Koum
Jan Koum was born in 1976. He also worked at Yahoo Inc. with Brian Acton. They both spent combined 20 years at Yahoo. Jan Koum is the other founder of whatsapp. And now he is the CEO of Whatsapp Inc.
When Whatsapp was launched
Whatsapp was founded in 2009 by both the co-founders in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Whatsapp Company History
Before working on Whatsapp, both the co-founders were managers at Yahoo Inc. In 2009, they launched Whatsapp. It is now based in Santa Clara, California. Within 3 years, whatsapp handled over ten billion messages per day in August 2012. On 13th June, 2013, Whatsapp tweeted on twitter that they reached their new daily record of handling 27 billion messages per day. As of Novembeer 10, 2013, on Whatsapp, 400 million photos are shared each day. Whatsapp has more than 190 million active users monthly. Whatsapp has taken over many famous instant messaging services like LINE, KakaoTalk, and WeChat.
We have never seen any ads on Whatsapp. So how does Whatsapp generate revenue for its Company? Whatsapp is free on most of the platforms. But after one year, it charges $0.99 (99 Cents) per year. That’s it. This is the only way Whatsapp generates its income. They can earn billions of dollars by just putting ads on their app. But Whatsapp founders said “We’re anti-ads and will never include them in the app.” According to them, ads insult their intelligence.
So this was the small story of Founders of Whatsapp. Do you use Whatsapp? Let me know your experience with it in comment section below