We have to agree that the technology is full of immigrant success stories. For example, Andy Grove from Intel is the chief executive who helped guide the computer industry into its modern era. At the same time, Sergey Brin is one of the guys who co-founded Google. At the same time, the CEO at Microsoft is now Satya Nadella.
We’ve given you these examples just to prove you that in most of the big tech companies out there you will notice that the executive ranks are filled with people that were born outside the United States. Today we will talk about WhatsApp, an application that has been created by Jan Koum, which Facebook has bought for $19 billion back in 2014.
Koum is also an immigrant, but what makes him unusual is the popularity of WhatsApp among immigrants. According to reports, the WhatsApp application has become the low-cost communication line between countries (even if in some countries the government is trying to block it).
WhatsApp has over 1 billion monthly active users and these users are from all over the world. The application is not using too much data to send/receive messages and at the same time, when it comes to privacy, we don’t have to worry about it, as these messages will be very hard to be decrypted.
Actually, these are the reasons why everyone is attracted to WhatsApp: it is free and it has a strong record on privacy and security. At the same time, the older people are now encouraging their children and grandchildren to start using the application in order to keep in touch with them.
In fact, Koum claimed that WhatsApp “was designed in part by someone living the immigrant experience every day.”
What are your thoughts about WhatsApp? Are you using it to keep in touch with your friends and family that live very far away from you?