Homegrown chat application Hike Messenger has secured an undisclosed amount in funding from several tech veterans of Silicon Valley, according to a statement.
These investors include Adam D’Angelo, founder and CEO of Quora, Aditya Agarwal and Ruchi Sanghvi of Dropbox, and Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of Automattic Inc. and co-founder of WordPress. All have invested in their personal capacities and are playing advisors to Hike, the statement added.
“It’s great to have the world’s top brains in tech share Hike’s vision; and not just entrust us with their investment, but more importantly, also advise us on our product and strategy. Each of the them brings with him/her a core area of expertise, which we at Hike find immensely useful as we aggressively grow in India,” said Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and CEO of Hike Messenger.
D’Angelo has 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.
Agarwal came to Dropbox via the acquisition of Cove, a company he co-founded that was focused on improving group collaboration and communication. Sanghvi was the vice-president (operations) at Dropbox, where she was responsible for product, recruiting, marketing, communications, and other functions.
“India is close to our hearts and we understand the challenges faced by the billion plus people of India. It’s quite clear that messaging is playing a key role in bringing people online in a mobile first market like India and Hike Messenger has begun to play a pivotal role in that market. We are both aligned to Hike’s vision and are excited about what comes next,” said Sanghvi and Agarwal.
Hike has seen phenomenal growth in India over these last 3 years, having acquired 70 million users and transacting over 30 billion messages per month. Over the last year, Hike has brought on board solid leadership from brands like PepsiCo, Amazon, Unilever, Zynga etc. to power its next phase of growth.
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