#BigDeal : Hike Raises Funding From Founders Of Quora, WordPress And Other Silicon Valley Veterans

Hike Messenger, India’s only homegrown messaging app, has announced that some of the world’s top notch tech veterans have invested in the company in their personal capacities and are playing advisors to it.Hike

These top veterans include:

  • Adam D’Angelo, Founder and CEO, Quora. Adam previously served as Chief Technology Officer at Facebook, where he oversaw new product development and managed the engineering team. In addition, he guided the site’s architecture and infrastructure and started the company’s growth team. Prior to serving as CTO, Adam led the Facebook Platform team and, as an engineer, built the initial infrastructure for news feed and the first generation of the company’s advertising targeting and delivery systems. He has invested personally in Instagram, Nextdoor, Asana and Wealthfront.
  • Aditya Agarwal, Vice President Engineering, Dropbox. Aditya came to Dropbox via the acquisition of Cove, a company he co-founded that was focused on improving group collaboration and communication. Prior to Cove, Aditya was the Director of Product Engineering at Facebook where he oversaw the development of core products such as News Feed, Search, Photos, Profile and Applications. Aditya was one of the first engineers at Facebook. He is also on the board of Flipkart.
  • Ruchi Sanghvi was the Vice President, Operations, Dropbox, where she was responsible for product, recruiting, marketing, communications, and other functions. She came to Dropbox through its acquisition of Cove, a collaboration software company she founded in 2011. Prior to that Ruchi was the first female engineer at Facebook, and was instrumental in implementing the first versions of key features such as News Feed.
  • Matt Mullenweg, Founder and CEO of Automattic Inc. and Co-Founder of WordPress. As an online social media entrepreneur, Matt gives back to the startup community through his angel investment firm Audrey capital, which has backed over 100 companies since 2008, many of which have been acquired.

Matt Mullenweg, Founder and CEO of Automattic Inc. and Co-Founder of WordPress: “As an online social media entrepreneur myself, I have keenly observed India. I believe in Hike Messenger’s vision and I can see the team gearing up and are well positioned for aggressive growth in the country.”

hike claims 70 million users and transacting over 30 billion messages per month.

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