Signal founder and CEO Moxie Marlinspike announced his departure on Monday after 10 years of loyal service. Moxie Marlinspike said in a blog post that he would remain on the company’s board to continue to “help make Signal’s mission a reality.” He adds that Signal Executive Chairman and WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton will take over as Interim CEO of Signal until his successor is recruited.
“I believe this is an important step in expanding Signal’s success,” he writes. And to call the candidates for his succession to make themselves known. “I’ve spoken to candidates over the past few months, but I want to open up the search with this ad to help find the best fit for Signal’s next decade. Please get in touch if it can be you! “
The Signal founder applauded the progress of his business, which has grown faster than he could have imagined, while adding that “exciting improvements” are coming to the app in the near future.
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“People are finding more and more value and peace of mind in Signal (a technology built for them rather than their data), and are increasingly willing to support it,” he says. “Every day I am struck by how the potential of Signal seems limitless, and I want to bring in someone with new energy and commitment to make the most of it. “
The encrypted messaging developer has grown exponentially since its inception as a nonprofit in 2014. Signal has managed to differentiate itself from competitors like WhatsApp by not supporting in-app advertising, and by keeping the app free for all. Additionally, the company recently launched an in-app support program last month, relying on user donations to keep its technology afloat.
Signal also announced last April that it would test cryptocurrency payments, in collaboration with MobileCoin, to bring fast peer-to-peer payments to mobiles without the involvement of a bank. However, there has been no update on whether cryptocurrency payments will become a mainstay of the messaging app.
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