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"Jan's childhood made him appreciate communication that was not bugged or taped." Similarly, Brin's early childhood in Russia contributed to its "Don't Be Evil" motto.

Koum's view was evident in a tweet he wrote last year about Iran and Turkmenistan blocking Whats App.

In October 2014, Koum said about the restraining order, "I am ashamed of the way I acted, and ashamed that my behavior forced her to take legal action". In September 2007 Koum and Acton left Yahoo and took a year off, traveling around South America and playing ultimate frisbee. In January 2009, he bought an i Phone 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 the two talked for hours about Koum's idea for an app over tea at Fishman's kitchen counter.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Jan Koum, 37, grew up mostly in the Ukraine, and moved to Mountain View, California, as a teenager, an immigrant path reminiscent of other Silicon Valley successes such as Max Levchin, the Ukrainian-born co-founder of Paypal, and Google's Russian-born co-founder, Sergey Brin.

"When government gets in the way, consumers and freedom to communicate suffers," he wrote. "When advertising is involved, you the user are the product," Koum wrote in a 2012 blog post, disparaging the effort other companies make to collect personal data.

Whats App Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for i Phone and other smartphones.

That same year, Acton and Koum, both former Yahoo employees, decided to launch a messaging app that would forego ads for a modest

“It’s a decidedly contrarian approach shaped by Jan’s experience growing up in a communist country with a secret police,” Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm that invested heavily in Whats App, wrote in a blog post.

With a 45 percent stake in the company, according to estimates from Forbes, he could be worth around .8 billion when the deal closes, while Acton could be worth an estimated billion.

.99 annual fee, and not store messages on Whats App’s servers.

“It’s a decidedly contrarian approach shaped by Jan’s experience growing up in a communist country with a secret police,” Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm that invested heavily in Whats App, wrote in a blog post.

With a 45 percent stake in the company, according to estimates from Forbes, he could be worth around .8 billion when the deal closes, while Acton could be worth an estimated billion.



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