Brian Acton WhatsApp Co-founder | Entrepreneur Computer Programmer

Brian Acton
Brian Acton

Brian Acton is more popular as the co-founder of very popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp that helps people stay connected. Acton was born on 17 February 1972 in Michigan to Norma Acton.  Brian Acton is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. The man who was rejected by Facebook as an employee sold WhatsApp to Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook.

Brian Acton Education and Career:

In 1994, Brian Acton was graduated from Stanford University in computer science. Earlier he also studied in University of Pennsylvania and University of Central Florida. In 1992, Brian Acton worked as system administrator in Rockwell International. Later he worked as a test engineer in Apple and Adobe systems companies. Brian Acton was hired by Yahoo Inc in the year 1996 and he was the 44th employee of Yahoo. Yahoo was hired Jan Koum in 1998, who later become the co-founder of Whatsapp along with Acton.

They are worked together for many years at yahoo. In the year 2000 Acton invested in the dotcom boom and lost millions in the dot-com bubble. In 2007, both Acton and Koum decided to leave yahoo and took a year off. They started travelling around South America. Both applied for a job in Facebook but both were failed. Koum bought an iPhone in January 2009 and realized that the then seven-month-old App Store was about to spawn a whole new industry of apps. Brian Acton visited one of his friends Alex Fishman and talked about developing an app. A week later on his birthday 24 February 2009, Whatsapp was incorporated in California. Koum choose the name Whatsapp because it sounds like daily phrase “what’s up”.

About WhatsApp:

Social networking has become a vital part of people’s life in the present times. There are a number of social networking sites such as Facebook, twitter, Orkut.  In mobile phones Hike, WhatsApp, Line, Wechat, Messenger, Viber are some examples of instant messaging applications. Out of these, Whatsapp is the most amazing app and more than 1 billon people are using it. Due to the high level of flexibility, privacy, security and ease Whatsapp has become very popular worldwide.

In the year 2014, Brian Acton and Koum agreed to sell Whatsapp to Facebook for $19 billion USD in cash and stock. According to the Forbes, Acton held over 20% stake in the company. Brian Acton is now one of the wealthiest men he is the 551st billionaire in the world and 190th wealthiest man in USA.

Brian Acton Inspirational Quotes:

  • “People want chat histories. They're a permanent testimony of a relationship.”

  • “Going public is 18-month process, while an acquisition is a 6-month process. Going public means going under so much scrutiny, regulatory approval, auditing, magnified 10 times. Having the stomach to do that isn't necessarily in my DNA. My DNA is building a product and a service.”

  • “My mom started an air-freight company; my grandmother built a golf course. I have a certain degree of entrepreneurial risk-taking in my family history. Maybe that eventually rubbed off on me a little bit.”

  • “Yes, I was a big math and computer geek, that's true. I was driven by the scholastic side of things. For me, it was all about what I could do with math and computers.”

  • “Dealing with ads is depressing. You don't make anyone's life better by making advertisements work better.”

  • “There's a certain degree of speculation that goes into valuations. In so far as the market supports a valuation, everyone who gets a great one deserves it, but they should also be cautious because that speculation is temporary. I saw Yahoo go from $100 billion to $10 billion. It's not a long-term measure.”

  • “The phone is one hundred, one hundred and ten years old. There was a middle period where the government had a broad ability to surveil, but if you look at human history in total, people evolved and civilizations evolved with private conversations and private speech.”

  • “I don't really want to be in the business of observing conversations.”

  • “Building secure products actually makes for a safer world; many people in law enforcement may not agree with that.”

  • “When I joined 'WhatsApp,' I was 38 years old. Opportunity is available to us in all walks of life and at all ages.”

  • “When I worked at Yahoo, I saw a lot of acquisitions. Some succeeded, and some failed. I think I have learned from that.”

  • “I myself saw Yahoo become a $100 billion company and then become a $10 billion company, so you always have to look at valuations with a grain of salt and understand it is a point-in-time measure.”

  • “The best part of working with Facebook has been the cross-fertilization of ideas, people, and technology.”

  • “Free BSD has a nicely tuned network stack and extremely good reliability.”

  • “In early 2010, we launched our first localized version of 'WhatsApp' for iPhone. It included Spanish and German language translations, to name a couple.”
  • “For me specifically, it was important to graduate. In my family, I was one of the first graduates. My mom did not have a college degree. My dad did not have a college degree.”

  • “WhatsApp will bring Facebook another billion users. We will be a billion-user product. Whether there is a direct valuation or an indirect valuation, there is value, and Facebook understands that well.”

Brian Acton

  • “Companies that have been built and operated for a long time are the most successful companies.”
  • “My DNA is building a product and a service.”

  • “You never want to be in a position where you can't make payroll.”

  • “I think every acquisition is unique and different. The best strategy is to listen to the founders and follow their lead.”

  • “Your insurance broker has your telephone number, but your insurance broker doesn't have your Facebook ID. I think they are very different modes of communication. Commingling them can come with risk and peril”.

  • “You have a certain identity that you present to the world on Facebook, and you have a certain identity that you present with the telephone, and they are different.”

  • “It's not 100 per cent clear to me what's working about Snapchat.”

  • “Going public is 18-month process, while an acquisition is a 6-month process. Going public means going under so much scrutiny, regulatory approval, auditing, magnified 10 times. Having the stomach to do that isn't necessarily in my DNA. My DNA is building a product and a service.”


Add new comment

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
1 + 14 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.

Recent Articles

Get Inspire

Inspire Tags

Daniel Goleman (1)UL Classified fire damper (1)Hydrophone and Dual Sensors Houston TX (4)Clare Boothe Luce (1)Leo Buscaglia (1)Persistence Quotes (1)hospitals in Eastern India (1)Rudyard Kipling (1)Change Quotes (1)Maya Angelou (1)Hydrophone and Dual Sensors Dallas TX (5)John D. Rockefeller (1)Faith quotes (1)Low Frequency geophones Ontario Canada (2)commodity trading (1)Led Wall Pack Light Houston TX (7)Marathon (1)New Zealand education consultants (1)Jamie Oliver (1)Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1)New Year's Quotations (1)Never Give Up Quotes (1)Rabindranath Tagore (1)Alibaba Founder (1)Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1)Team Building Quotes (1)Hunter S. Thompson (1)Vibration detectors Ontario Canada (4)Marriage Quotes (1)Management quotes (1)Construction (1)Jeff Hawkins (1)Merchant_Services_in_Houston (6)study visa (1)Sophie Swetchine (1)Alex Morritt (1)Alan Greenspan (1)UL Fire Damper (1)Low Frequency geophones Brisbane Australia (1)High Temperature Geophones Ontario Canada (4)Oliver Sacks (1)Aristotle (1)Thomas Edison (1)Better building construction (1)oil company uae (1)horizontal life line system (1)Safety (1)Positive Thinking Quotes (1)SAT Coaching Classes in Delhi (1)Winston S. Churchill (1)tarot card reading (1)Bearing Detector Houston TX (6)eligibility requirement Canada PR (1)C.S. Lewis (1)Henry Wheeler Shaw (1)Yogi Berra (1)Refrigeration Equipment Dubai (1)Strength (1)Innovation (1)Share Market (2)Jean Chatzky (1)Vibration Sensor Houston TX (4)apply for PR Visa (1)Marc Benioff (1)Great Quotes (1)Quotations on money (1)Jane Addams (1)Quotes on Sympathy (1)Never give up (2)Farmer (1)study mbbs abroad (2)Salman F Rahman (2)Travis Bradberry (1)Peace Quotes (1)online mock test for neet (1)William Arthur Ward (1)ICSI (1)Goral Gandhi (1)Amit Kalantri (1)Indian Successful CEOs (1)Narendra Modi (1)High Temperature Geophones Houston TX (3)Shari Arison (1)Pallam Raju (1)tips to hire top photographers (1)holidays in dubai (1)Embryologist (1)Joe Morgan (1)Criss Angel (1)Games (1)Experience Quotes (1)Low Frequency geophones Minneapolis Minnesota (1)visa (1)Relationship quotes (1)Dale Carnegie (1)air conditioning companies in dubai (1)Led Flood Lights Houston TX (5)ielts (1)Isak Dinesen (1)wedding photography in lucknow (1)Family Quotes (1)Poem (1)Religion Quotes (1)Vibration detectors Calgary Canada (7)Jacob A. Riis (1)chapter wise questions for neet (1)buy dogs in bangalore (1)access door supplier (1)Adam Grant (1)Parents (1)Geophones Austin TX (2)mba vs pgdm (1)NRI Privilege Health Card (1)team management (1)Patrick Henry Hughes (1)James Whitcomb Riley (1)Courage Quotes (1)trade show (1)Lee Atwater (1)Bobby Scott (1)results (1)Dr Goral Gandhi Mumbai (2)Matt Cartwright (1)Immigration Quotes (1)Brian Greene (1)Aesop (1)wedding photographer (2)Dr Gautam Allahbadia (18)Attitude Quotes (1)Vibration Detector Dallas TX (6)Women (1)Quotes (1)Low Frequency geophones Perth Australia (1)Sydney J. Harris (1)Tommy Lasorda (1)PPC (1)air conditioning ducting supplies (1)Quotes on Teenage (1)Smoke Dampers (1)Patriotism (1)Inventors killed (1)Thomas Carlyle (1)Niira Radia (2)kids activities in dubai (1)Randy Pausch (1)Mark Twain (1)Vincent Nichols (1)Shaun White (1)Paul Mellon (1)Andre Gide (1)buy dogs bangalore (1)Led Canopy Lights Houston TX (7)Helen Keller (1)Yuval Noah Harari (1)Low Frequency geophones Quebec Canada (5)Karin Slaughter (1)canada education (3)esma approved ac manufacturer (1)Healthy lifestyle blog (1)Best Overseas Education consultants in UAE (1)Satchel Paige (1)Quotations on Valentine Day (1)Amy Schumer (1)Successful people (1)Dalai Lama (1)Julius Erving (1)John Powell (1)Hilarie Burton (1)Goal Setting Quotes (1)Top 10 Indian CEO’s (1)বাংলাদেশের শীর্ষ ব্যবসায়ী (1)SEO Expert Houston TX (3)Benjamin Franklin (1)Best Led Light Bulbs Houston TX (4)Geophone Suppliers Houston TX (4)Ocean Bottom Seismic Houston TX (4)Epictetus (1)Quotations On Memorial Day (1)creative (1)study in canada (1)D.H. Lawrence (1)Swami Vivekananda (2)IVF Specialist in Mumbai (11)best wedding photographer (2)transformer oil in uae (1)water testing lab (2)Passion Quotes (1)Mark Pocan (1)Earl Nightingale (1)Jobs (1)PR Visa consultants in Delhi (1)democritus (1)Integrity Quotes (1)Security Velocity Sensors Dallas TX (7)Truth (1)Marty Rubin (1)Bertrand Russell (1)Wilfred Peterson (1)Harry Stack Sullivan (1)B. F. Skinner (1)Jim Rohn (1)Seismic products Houston TX (4)Poorna Malavath (1)Do it (3)James Altucher (1)IMT is one of the Best Business school in Hyderabad. IMT is offering management education keeping pace with Global MBA environment. (1)Tom Peters (1)Madonna Ciccone (1)Jessica cox (1)neet questions chapter wise (1)chain block suppliers in uae (1)Intelligence Quotes (1)spectro labs (2)inspirational quotes (1)best Immigration consultancy firm (1)dog puppies for sale in bangalore (1)Nayati Healthcare (2)Software Companies in Houston (9)Charles Lamb (1)Healthcare (7)ccess doors manufacturer (1)Top Led Light Manufacturers in USA (5)Voltaire (1)Conan O Brien (1)Mikaela Shiffrin (1)Merchant_Processing_Houston (6)sliding door (1)Creativity (3)Stephen King (1)wire rope manufacturer (2)Health quotes (1)Seismometer Sao Paulo Brazil (1)Lucius Annaeus Seneca (1)Studying Abroad (3)Vibration Detector Austin TX (7)Positive Thinking (1)Time management skills (1)Fathers day quotes (1)chain block manufacturer (2)Amphibious building style (1)earth-quake resistant (1)gate barrier dubai (1)Norman Douglas (1)Shiv Khera (1)Drake (1)Scientists (1)sliding doors dubai (1)Refrigeration Spare Products (1)Suzy Kassem (1)Education Consultants (2)Punctuality (1)Mahatma Gandhi Quotes (1)Kamal Hassan (1)Appreciation Quotations (1)mep services (1)cantilever shelving systems (1)Sanjay Dalmia (1)Dave Ramsey (1)Happiness quotes (1)Martin Luther King Jr (1)pgdm (1)Groucho Marx (1)Daniel H.Pink (1)Marvin Bower (1)Wisdom Quotes (1)High temperature geophones Calgary Canada (7)Thad Cochran (1)Bernard Baruch (1)Steve Jobs (1)University of Otago (1)dogs for sale in bangalore (1)Vibration detectors London England (1)stall designer (1)Toy Testing (1)Point_of_Sale_Houston (6)Oprah Winfrey (1)Christiane Northrup (1)Lou Rawls (1)SAT exam preparation (1)Vera Nazarian (1)Geophone Suppliers Dallas TX (1)Arthur C. Clarke (1)Finance (1)Inventors (1)Damian Woetzel (1)Gilbert K. Chesterton (1)chain sling manufacturer (2)wedding photographer in lucknow (2)IELTS coaching Gurgaon (1)Marcus Tullius Cicero (1)Diet food recipes (1)Jean Paul Friedrich (1)Miracle Man (1)Endometriosis (1)George Horace lorimer (1)Inspirational story (1)Led Area Light Houston TX (7)Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1)Ferdinand Marcos (1)Yehuda Berg (1)Dusk to Dawn Led Light Bulb Houston TX (7)Do the work (1)Bookkeeping services in UAE (1)Calvin Coolidge (1)encouragement quotes (1)b-school -for -finance-india (1)Orson Scott Card (1)LED Landscape Spot and Flood Lights Houston TX (6)Kofi Annan (1)Low Frequency Geophones Dallas TX (6)William Morris (1)Failure Management (1)Business quotes (1)Low Frequency geophones Frankfurt Germany (1)Leo Rosten (1)Quotations on Romance (1)Self-Discipline Quotes (1)education (5)Harriet Beecher Stowe (1)institutes for SAT exam preparation (1)Larry Bird (1)Walt Disney (1)love tarot (1)plato (1)Freddie Highmore (1)Charles Dickens (1)Earl Wilson (1)Vincent Van Gogh (1)cantilever racking supplier (1)top business school hyderabad (1)Ecommerce Development Houston (1)tarot for career (1)Henry Ford (1)Refrigeration Spare Products Supplier in UAE (1)Commercial LED Outdoor Lighting Houston TX (7)Emma Thompson (1)Richard Carlson (1)folding doors dubai (1)George Bernard Shaw (1)Sports Inspiration (1)Bangladesh (1)Credit_Card_Processing_Companies_Houston (6)James Humes (1)Darell Hammond (1)Alexander Solshenitsen (1)William Feather (1)MLM consultant (3)Seismometer London England (5)Communication Quotes (1)Abraham Lincoln (1)Henry J. Kaiser (1)Dalmia Family (1)Kumar Mangalam Birla (1)Learning Quotes (1)Vibration Detector Houston TX (5)Life Quotes (1)Building (1)Inspiration (3)John Quincy Adams (1)Ronald Ross (1)things to do in dubai with kids (1)Robert Collier (1)Behaviour (1)Paul Watson (1)Low Frequency geophones London England (4)Led Corn Bulb Manufacturers Houston TX (7)William Butler Yeats (1)storage solutions dubai (1)Emotional Quotes (1)Marya Mannes (1)Immigrate to Canada (1)Vapor Tight Led Houston TX (7)Low Frequency geophones San Francisco California (1)Security Velocity Sensors Houston TX (4)safety equipment suppliers in uae (1)Motivational Quotes (4)free online tarot card reading (1)M.J.Ryan (1)canada Universities (1)Angela Merkel (1)Douglas Adams (1)Refrigeration Products in UAE (1)বাংলাদেশের শীর্ষ প্রতিষ্ঠান (1)Teachers’ Day Quotes (1)Mark Frauenfelder (1)Refrigeration Products Supplier in UAE (1)stock trading (1)Leadership (1)Commitment quotes (1)lifting equipments manufacturers (2)James Cash Penney (1)kolkata hospitals (1)Geophones Houston TX (4)Seismometer San Francisco California (1)benefits of IVF (1)SEO Company in Houston (11)Dubai with Kids (1)Steven Pressfield (1)God Quotes (1)M.Scott Peck (1)Quotations on Patriotism (1)Parents day Quotes (1)Love Quotes (1)Brian Acton (1)Tom Freston (1)Erykah Badu (1)Tony Robbins (1)Chance Quotes (1)assisted reproduction (2)Nick Vujicic (1)professional (1)Barack Obama (1)Fitness Quotes (1)J.K. Rowling (1)Knowledge Quotes (1)Albert Schweitzer (1)BTL activities (1)Success quotations (1)hygiene unit (1)Louis Pasteur (1)Young Jeezy (1)inspiring (1)Andrew Shue (1)john dewey (1)Refrigeration Companies In UAE (1)Hermann Hesse (1)High temperature geophones Quebec Canada (1)Sundeep Kochar (1)Glenn Greenwald (1)foreign education experts (2)Albert Einstein (1)Robert De Niro (1)Lou Holtz (1)Laurence J. Peter (1)New Year (1)Music Quotes (1)Gautama Buddha (1)Margaret Heffernan (1)dream quotes (1)Hope (1)Hope Quotes (1)C.G. Jung (1)Low Frequency geophones Tokyo Japan (1)Angela Ruggiero (1)Sympathy (1)Want to Immigrate to Canada (1)hire a best immigration consultancy firm (1)IVF (9)Seismometer Brisbane Australia (1)Money (1)Mary Kay Ash (1)condensing unit (1)stall designing (1)Benjamin Disraeli (1)Joseph Addison (1)water testing lab in delhi (2)Spiritual Leader (1)Howard Schultz (1)petroleum companies in sharjah (1)Anthong Foxx (1)Success (10)Micky Ward (1)Abdul Kalam Quotations (1)Mother Quotes (1)Humor Quotes (1)Machine Balancing Geophones Austin TX (1)AMRI Hospitals (1)Leadership Quotes (1)King Solomon (1)Low Frequency geophones Los Angeles California (1)High Temperature Geophones Dallas TX (2)medical emergency (1)neet practice papers (1)Geophones Dallas TX (1)AMRI Hospitals Bhubaneswar (1)mep consultants (1)Mother Theresa (1)Conrad burns (1)Monique Murphy (1)Ryan Pinto (1)Legal Quotes (1)oil companies in dubai (1)Conrad Hilton (1)Rod Blagojevich (1)Tracy Morgan (1)stall (1)Mobile_Payments_Houston (6)team work (1)neet mock test papers (1)Julie Andrews (1)H.Jackson Brown (1)neet question bank (1)Naveen Jain (1)Soft skills (1)Women Quotes (1)Ernest Hemingway (1)Web_Development_Company_Houston (1)No idling (1)Peter drucker (1)Sudha Chandran (1)Inspire (2)Stephen Covey (1)event (1)Analytical Testing Lab (3)David Levithan (1)Marathon Racer (1)Laws of life (1)neet question papers with answers (1)Ludwig van Beethoven (1)Bearing Detector Austin TX (7)Valentine Day (1)James Heckman (1)Vibration Sensor Dallas TX (7)Ryan International School (3)SEO Expert HoustonTX (7)Harvey Mackay (1)Nelson Mandela (1)Vision Quotes (1)Software Development in Houston (12)দেশের প্রথম সারির ব্যবসায়ী (1)Digital marketing (1)Successful woman (1)pgdm colleges hyderabad (1)Dr Gautam Allahbadia Mumbai (18)Alexander Graham Bell (1)Romance (1)Og Mandino (1)Scilla Elworthy (1)Shannon L. Alder (1)Brain Tracy (1)Judy Blume (1)Jack Ma (1)Website Development Company Houston (12)Low Frequency geophones Sao Paulo Brazil (1)Sports Quotes (1)Time management (2)Failure quotes (1)Jon Oringer (1)Mini Led Flood Light Houston TX (6)Quotes on Truth (1)Software Development Company in Houston (10)study in New Zealand (1)Mary Anne Radmacher (1)Software Development Company Houston (12)abroad education consultants (7)Leonard Cohen (1)Invention (1)Siri Hustvedt (1)SEO services (1)Self driving car in Bangalore (1)testing lab in delhi (2)Service (1)Sean Swarner Everest Climber (1)Erma Bombeck (1)Hope quotations (1)William Makepeace Tahckeray (1)design (2)wedding photography trends (1)Sliding folding doors dubai (1)Achievement (4)Web Development Company Houston (12)Honesty Quotes (1)Australia Education Consultants (1)Dr T.P.Chia (1)Andrew Carnegie (1)Bill Clinton (1)Friendship Quotes (1)Funny Quotes (1)Best astrologer in India (1)hvac companies in dubai (1)Humanity (1)Wall Mount Led Lights Houston TX (7)Punctuality skills (1)Team Management Quotes (1)C. JoyBell C Biography (1)Peggy Fleming (1)Steven Wright (1)Machine Balancing Geophones Dallas TX (6)management institute (1)Melody Beattie (1)best wedding studio in lucknow (1)SEO Company (1)Merchant_Services_Houston (6)Poetry (1)LED Panel Lights Houston TX (6)Mahatma Gandhi (1)Julia Gillard (1)Bookkeeping services in abu dhabi (1)ahu unit manufacturer (1)Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1)Vince Lombardi (1)Brene Brown (1)Custom Software Development Houston (9)Dubai Refrigeration Companies (1)Bill Gates (1)neet online mock test (1)canada immigration (1)PGDM course (3)Virginia Postrel (1)Curtis Carlson (1)Seismometer Perth Australia (1)Low Frequency Geophones Houston TX (3)Anita Roddick (1)Mireille Guiliano (1)Indian Film Actor (1)Sania Mirza (1)neet mock test (1)dog dealers in bangalore (1)Madam Grace Pinto (1)Corporate video (1)Steve Jobs Quotes (1)Paul J.Meyer (1)Seismometer Los Angeles California (1)Robert Gately (1)Liz Murray (1)Gerald Chertavian (1)IAS COACHING in DELHI (1)Goral Gandhi IVF (1)Bookkeeping services in Dubai (1)Fly Solo (2)Quotes On Travel (1)Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1)air conditioning company in dubai (1)high speed doors uae (1)Entrepreneur (1)education quotes (1)Beximco Group (1)Self Driving Car (1)Hard work (3)Low Frequency geophones Calgary Canada (8)Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav (1)Most Inspirational Quotes (1)concrete building (1)Real estate (1)Rick Pitino (1)wedding photography (1)Aarohi Pandit (2)Dr Goral Gandhi (2)Houston Software Development Company (11)Hard Work Quotes (1)Nature Quotes (1)water testing (2)Bearing Detector Dallas TX (2)Atlantic Ocean (2)Orison Swett Marden (1)assisted hatching (1)Quotations on Stregnth (1)Healthy and fitness blogs (2)Business person (1)business school hyderabad (1)Fire Damper (1)Richard Branson (1)Apple CEO (1)Team work quotes (1)John F. Kennedy (1)dog sellers in bangalore (1)Vibration Sensor Austin TX (7)mep consulting engineers (1)Spirituality Quotes (1)Jacky Ickx (1)১ নম্বর কোম্পানি (1)Michelle Obama (1)Seismometer Tokyo Japan (1)Robert Breault (1)Eric Ripert (1)Celebrity astrologer in india (1)Oscar Wilde (1)Health (3)Machine Balancing Geophones Houston TX (4)A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1)Failure Management quotes (1)exhibition (4)folding doors uae (1)Rick Steves (1)Running (2)W. C. Fields (1)MLM business (3)Refrigeration Equipment UAE (1)VIDEO (2)pgdm courses (1)Led Light Fixtures Houston TX (4)Miguel de Cervantes (1)IVF success (1)John Dryden (1)Nobel Prizes (1)Vibration detectors Quebec Canada (8)Dalmia Group (1)Memorial Day (1)investment (2)Ecommerce Web Development Houston (3)Niira Radia Nayati Healthcare (2)Dalmia Health (1)Credit_Card_Processing_Companies_in_Houston_TX (6)