WhatsApp may soon enter digital payments- Co-founder
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has indicated that the popular messaging app may soon venture into digital payments space.
Acton was in New Delhi on the app's eighth birthday on Friday. He also met IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for discussions. WhatsApp has about 200 million users in India, making up their biggest market in the customer base of 1.2 billion globally.
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Acton and Ukraine-born Jan Koum had founded WhatsApp in 2009. Three years ago, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for as much as $19 billion. WhatsApp has a team of 80 engineers and never had to spend on marketing, public relations and user acquisition.
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It targets millions of small merchants, neighbourhood shop owners and doctors who have less than 10 employees and want to reach out to a larger number of people.