WhatsApp, with more than 1.2 billion users, is still a small company. That’s what co-founder Brian Acton said in an interview with Whatsappen.nl.
The acquisition by Facebook in 2014 made it possible for WhatsApp to expand rapidly, both in terms of server capacity and workforce. But, WhatsApp didn’t hire a lot of new people. “We still try to keep things small here” Brian Acton said. WhatsApp currently has around 200 employees.
The Android team and iPhone team, the people behind the mobile apps, are about ten people now, says Acton. Two years ago, the Android team was only 4.25 people.
Next to the twenty people who focus on Android and iPhone, WhatsApp has engineers working on WhatsApp Web, desktop apps and new products such as WhatsApp for Business. In total 80 engineers are working at WhatsApp.
The other 120 employees are working for other departments such as customer support, legal, communications and strategy.
One external test partner
Not just internally but also externally WhatsApp is trying to keep it small, the co-founder explains. “We are currently working with just one single test partner. We are actively working with them on API integration and their backend IT.” WhatsApp is trying to understand where there would be issues and problems so that they can roll out their API to more partners in the future.
Brian Acton didn’t give any further details about the API and it’s purposes. Probably it has to do with the business tool WhatsApp is currently working on.