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The Success Story Of WhatsApp Founder Jan Koum





The most successful communication app WhatsApp Messenger founders are Jan Koum and Brian Acton.Their inspiring life story is discussed below.

The Success Story Of WhatsApp Founder Jan Koum

                          Jan Koum  born on February 24, 1976 is an American internet inventor and computer programmer.He is the CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp with Brian Acton.Brian Acton  born on February 17, 1972 is an American  computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Whatsapp with Jan koum,a mobile messaging application which was acquired by Facebook Inc. in February 2014 for  US$19 billion.He was formerly employed at Yahoo.


Jan Koum childhood 

A billionaire today, he is counted amongst the richest Americans but just a few years ago he was so poor that he had to live off food stamps. Born into a humble family in Ukraine, he migrated to the United States as a teenager with his mother and grandmother.




 His initial years in the new country were very difficult; the family struggled to make ends meet. Their situation worsened when his mother became ill with cancer and eventually passed away. A resilient soul, Jan Koum worked his way through high school, and found a job at Yahoo as an infrastructure engineer, while still attending college.


Jan koum and Brian Acton 

Jan formed a rapport with Brian Acton, another Yahoo employee with who he would form a long-term collaboration in future. After working at Yahoo for several years, both Koum and Acton left the job to explore newer avenues in social media. 




Their love for social media ultimately led the two men to form WhatsApp as a mobile messaging application which went on to become the most popular messaging platform in the world.



In 1998, Jan was hired by Yahoo as an infrastructure engineer. Shortly afterward he met Acton while working at young as a security tester Over the next nine years, they worked at Yahoo. Acton invested in the dotcom boom and lost millions in the dot-com bubble of 2000.




In September 2007 Koum and Acton left Yahoo and took a year off, traveling around south america and playing frisbee . Both applied, and failed, to work at Facebook. In January 2009, Koum bought an iphone and realized that the then seven-month-old App Store was about to spawn a whole new industry of apps.


 He visited his friend Alex Fishman and talked about developing an app. Koum almost immediately chose the name WhatsApp because it sounded like “what’s up,” and a week later on his birthday, Feb. 24, 2009, he incorporated WhatsApp Inc. in California.





Thus,Jan and brian Acton successfully launched whatsapp without any ads and their main goal is customer satisfaction.And currently Jan  Koum net worth is 9.6 billion USD.


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