Regardless of what problems each of the platforms has, that WhatsApp is controlled by Facebook, that Zoom has connections with China, the two started from a basic need: communication with loved ones.
WhatsApp’s moment of grace was in 2014, when it was bought by Facebook for about $ 19 billion (money and shares). Meanwhile, it has become the most popular messaging app in the world. It has all the chances to be the highest for video calls, and for voice calls. For now, it’s for chat.
The WhatsApp story began with the story of Jan Koum, an Eastern European in America. He left communist Ukraine with his mother and grandmother at 16 years old. In the United States he did not live the first American dream and poverty was still following him.
He had no money to talk to those who stayed at home at a time when the cost of roaming was high and the internet was not very well developed. In 2009 to launch WhatsApp with Brian Acton. Koum was guided by three simple rules. The service will have no ads, will not store user messages (WhatsApp has since switched to encryption) and will be focused on providing a reliable and simple experience.
Of course, in the meantime, things are changing or could change. But in the end, it’s not really his business anymore.
Eric Yuan, the founder of Zoom, now has an estimated fortune of about $ 20 billion. In 2020, its application exploded. It has become a kind of standard for online education, video conferencing and even easy discussions in the family and with those close to you.
Yuan was born in China and is an engineer by profession. He has often been suspected of complicity with the Chinese state, but in the end, as he said, Zoom is an American company based in California. He is one of the winners of the pandemic. Before the pandemic, he was a millionaire, not a billionaire.
And Eric’s motivation for creating the platform was his longing for his girlfriend. The two studied very far apart. In the meantime, he married her.