Sil­i­con Val­ley tech gi­ants bet big on In­dia’s Hike Mes­sen­ger

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

Adam D’An­gelo, founder and CEO, Quora: D’An­gelo 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.

Aditya Agar­wal, vice pres­i­dent ,En­gi­neer­ing, Drop­box: Agar­wal came to Drop­box via the ac­qui­si­tion of Cove, a com­pany he co-founded that was fo­cused on im­prov­ing group col­lab­o­ra­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Ruchi Sanghvi, vice pres­i­dent, Op­er­a­tions, Drop­box: Sanghvi was re­spon­si­ble for prod­uct, re­cruit­ing, mar­ket­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and other func­tions while work­ing as a VP for drop­box. Prior to this, Sanghvi 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 and co-founder of Word­Press: As an on­line so­cial me­dia en­tre­pre­neur, Mul­len­weg 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.

Com­ment­ing on the in­vest­ment, Kavin Bharti Mit­tal, founder and CEO, Hike Mes­sen­ger, said, “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 them brings with him/her a core area of ex­per­tise, which we at Hike find im­mensely use­ful as we ag­gres­sively grow in In­dia.”

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