WhatsApp Owner, Net worth and his Journey?


WhatsApp is the most common app used to send text messages, video clips, for voice calls. Audio calls, to send the user’s location, to send contacts and audio messages.

Topics covered about Whatsapp

  • Owner of WhatsApp
  • Assets of Jan Koum
  • How he starts the Journey of WhatsApp?
  • Which technologies were used to develop WhatsApp?
  • Headquarter of Whatsapp
  • WhatsApp total Downloads
  • Why Jan Koum and Brian Acton sold WhatsApp to Facebook??
  • The Profit made by Jan Koum through WhatsApp

Owner of WhatsApp

Owner of Whatsapp is Jan Koum who founded this mobile messaging application ‘’WhatsApp’’ with his friend Brian Acton. 

Date of Birth: February 24, 1976.
: He was an American National.

Assets of Jan Koum

1. Jan Koum who was the founder of the world most popular messaging app WhatsApp has a net worth of $10 billion according to the Forbes.
2. Jan Koum served as director of Facebook for 3.5 years and then he left the Facebook.

How he starts the Journey of WhatsApp?

  1. Jan Kaum was the founder of WhatsApp and in 2009, he incorporated WhatsApp in California.
  2. In 1997, he was hired as an infrastructure engineer at Yahoo. He left the Yahoo in September, 2007.
  3. After leaving Yahoo, Jan Kaum and his friend Brian Acton went South America. They both applied to work at Facebook, but rejected.
  4. On January 2009, Jan Kaum bought an iPhone and he realized that the App Store of mobile was about to renew with the new industry of apps.
  5. He then thought about to develop a new app for messaging. He met with his friend Alex Fishman and told him about the idea.
  6. They both talked about Jan Kaum’s idea of developing messaging app for two hours.
  7. Koum suggested the name of app ‘’WhatsApp”.  It was like what’s up.
  8. Jan Koum wanted to make a messaging app which will show the status of users.

Working on the idea of WhatsApp

  1. When they reached on the decision that what they wanted in the app, they then needed an iPhone developer.
  2. His friend Alex Fishman found a Russian developer Igor Solomennikov by visiting RentACoder.com
  3. He introduced Russian Developer to Jan Koum.
  4. He incorporated WhatsApp Inc in California on February 24, 2009.
  5. The early version of WhatsApp was crashing again and again.
  6. Jan Koum was disheartened and started thinking about giving up his idea.
  7. His friend Brian Acton encouraged him and asked him to wait for few months and let the app working.
  8. When Whatsapp 2.0 was released, the number of active users was suddenly increased to 250,000.
  9.  Later, Brian Acton convinced his 5 former Yahoo colleagues to invest $250,000 in a startup company. Then Acton became the co-founder of WhatsApp.
  10. On November 1, 2009, Acton joined the WhatsApp and it was officially launched in November 2009  exclusively for the iPhone app gallery.
  11. After launching WhatsApp for iPhone, Jane Koum hired Chris Peiffer (a friend from Los Angeles) to develop the version for BlackBerry and it came after two months.
  12. First this app was developed to send text messages and then in December 2009, a new feature to send photos was introduced for iPhone version.

Which technologies were used to develop WhatsApp?

The hardware, front-end, back-end used by whatsApp are listed below.

  1. FreeBSD—it is the advanced computer operating system, screened for everything from desktop to tiny devices.
  2. Erlang—it is the general purpose, concurrent and functional programming language that is used to build real time chat app system.
  3. Yaws—it is a multi threaded web server in which one Erlang light weight process is used to handle each client.
  4. PHP— this is a popular scripting language that is used in web development.
  5. Lighttpd—it is also a web server that is designed for high performance environments. Moreover, it is flexible, fast and compliance.
  6. XMPP—it is an Extensible Messaging Presence Protocol. It is a XML technology for communication that are powered by a number of applications like instant messaging, presence and collaboration.
  7. PJSIP— it is a multimedia communication library used for audio messages, audio calls, video calls, presence and instant messaging.
  8. Google Map Android API—this feature added in WhatsApp so that a user will be able to share the location. The API automatically gets the access to the Google Map Server, map display and response to map gestures.

Headquarter of Whatsapp

  1. WhatsApp is a text messaging application company. WhatsApp users send thousands of messages daily to each other, not only text messages, but multimedia messages also like audio messages, video messages, video clips, pictures.
  2.  Users don’t have to pay separate charges for multimedia messages.
  3. WhatsApp application can be installed on iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows, Android and Symbian.
  4. To control the working of WhatsApp, there are  7 offices in 4 different countries.
  5. The head quarter of Whatsapp is located in Menlo Park, California, United State.
  6. In the United State of America, it has another office in Austin, TX.
  7. In India, the office of Whatsapp is located in Gurugram.
  8. In India, another office is also located in Hyderabad.
  9. In India, there is the third office of Whatsapp located in New Delhi.
  10. In Ireland, the office of Whatsapp is located in Dublin.
  11. In the United Kingdom, the office of Whatsapp is located in London.

WhatsApp total Downloads

  1. There are more than 1 billion people use WhatsApp living in more than 180 countries to stay connected with their families, friends and for office work from anywhere and anytime.
  2. WhatsApp was ranked as one of the top three most downloaded apps worldwide.
  3. In October 2011, there are 1 billion daily messages were sent by using WhatsApp.
  4. At 2013, the active users of WhatsApp were reached to 200 million.
  5. WhatsApp crossed the figure of 1.5 billion monthly active users in 2017.
  6. In India, there are 200 million active users of WhatsApp and some times this figure reached to 300 million.
  7. In Brazil, there are approximately 120 WhatsApp active users.
  8. The statuses of WhatsApp are used by 450 million users and it left the snapchat stories far behind.
  9. WhatsApp Business has 3 million users.
  10. There are over 65 billion messages sent by WhatsApp daily and approximately 29 million messages sent in every minute.
  11. A daily, two billion minutes are used in WhatsApp video and audio calls.
  12. According to an estimate during May-July 2018, total 85 billion hours were spent on WhatsApp.

Why Jan Koum and Brian Acton sold WhatsApp to Facebook??

  1. Whastapp ranked in top three most downloaded apps worldwide and its active users reached to 200 million in 2013.
  2. The wonderful performance of WhatsApp attracted Sequoia Capital to invest $8 million in April 2011.
  3. It invested $50 million more in February 2013.
  4. Due to investments, WhatsApp valued $1.5 billion at that time.
  5. Due to such wonderful output of WhatsApp, Facebook considered WhatsApp as its rivals in coming future.
  6. Therefore, Mark Zuckerberg showed his interest in buying WhatsApp in February 2014.
  7. Then Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion, which was the largest investment at that time.
  8. After some years, both Jan Koum and Brian Acton left WhatsApp because they had some issues regarding data security of users.
  9. WhatsApp is still on the top due to its features of audio messages, video,  messages, audio group calling, video group calling.
  10. WhatsApp then introduced a new feature of WhatsApp Business Account for those people who want to stay connected with their customers through WhatsApp.

The Profit made by Jan Koum through WhatsApp

  1. When he sold WhatsApp to Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg, he received more than  76 million shares of Facebook, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Comission October 2014.
  2. According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, When Jan Koum sold Whastapp, he owned about 43 percent of the company.
  3. He sold the shares of worth $8 billion between 2015.
  4. Jan Koum donated his 7.5 million shares of Facebook to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in October 2014.
  5. He again donated 5.1 million shares to the  Silicon Valley Community Foundation in May 2016.
  6. He became billionaire by developing his WhatsApp application and he gained much profit by selling it to Facebook.

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