Jan Koum Biography:
Jan Koum was born on 24 Feb 1976. Jan Koum is an Ukrainian American Internet Investor and also a Computer Programmer. He is the CEO (Cheif Executive Officer) and co-founder of whatsapp with Brain Acton. Whatsapp is the messaging application for smart phones. It uses the Internet to make online video calls, make voice messages and text messages, GIF, Documents, phone contacts and voice notes.
Whatsapp was acquired by Facebook Inc. in 2014 Feb for $19 billion. Jan Koum was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is Jewish and is known as Jewish person. In 1992, he moved with his mother and grandmother to Mountain View, California.
At the age of sixteen his father had intended to join the family. Later Koum’s mother worked as a baby sitter and Koum’s worked as a cleaner at grocery shop. He showed his interested in computer programming at the age of eighteen. In 1997, Koum’s was hired by Yahoo Inc. as an infrastructure engineer, then he met Brian Acton.
They worked together as a security tester in Yahoo Inc. After seven years, In Sept 2007, they left their jobs and took a year off travelling around South America and playing ultimate Frisbee. After one year both applied to work at Facebook Inc. but failed. In 2009, Koum bought an iPhone and he realized the potential of the seven months old app store.
Some months after Koum was visited by his friend Alex Fishman and the two talked about Koum’s idea for an app. Koum almost selected the name Whatsapp because its sounds like “what’s up”.Koum and Brain Acton started work on developing an application and 2 weeks ago on Koum birthday ,Feb 24, 2009 they Incorporated Whatsapp Inc. in California.
After launched Whatsapp become a most popular messaging App and this caught Facebook attention. In 2014 Facebook was acquired whatsapp for $19 billion. His mother died in 2000 of cancer in the United States, while his father died in Ukraine in 1997. Koum was a part of world famous hacking group which called w00w00. Now Koum network is around $8.6 billion (Feb 2017).
Source : Wikipedia
1.”I want to do one thing and do it well.”
2.”Comparing total registered users and active users is like comparing Ferrari 250 GTO with a stakeboard.”
3.”It stinks.It’s a dead technology like a fax machine left over from the seventies, sitting there as a cash cow for carries.”