Jan Koum, co-founder in addition to CEO of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service, says the idea for the company he co-founded with Brian Acton in 2009 came about so he could stop missing calls on his brand-new smartphone.
“the idea began with me buying an iPhone,” Koum told an audience of several hundred Silicon Valley veterans gathered for an event in which week at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. “I got annoyed in which I was missing calls when I went to the gym.”
He in addition to Acton then built an app in which could let their friends know whether or not they were available, thanks to an easy-to-use feature called “Status.”
“We didn’t set out to build a company. We just wanted to build a product in which people used,” Koum said late Wednesday, during an onstage panel discussion in which preceded an advance screening of a brand-new documentary called “Silicon Valley: The Untold Story.”
The app didn’t take off right away, even though the idea was accepted into Apple’s App Store, Koum recounted.
“We were so excited when the idea launched,” he said. “in addition to so disappointed when no one used the idea.”
in which soon changed, however.
By 2014, WhatsApp, thanks to its easy-to-use interface in addition to uncluttered design, had more than 400 million users globally.
Corporate suitors like Facebook soon came calling.