Kavin Bharti Mittal is the Founder and CEO of Hike. Hike has over 100 million registered users with daily users spending over 20 minutes per day on the platform. Hike is the only successful Indian messaging platform with such scale. Along the way, Kavin has raised over USD 250 million in capital from top tier investors such as Tencent, Foxconn, Tiger Global, SoftBank, Bharti and some of Silicon Valley’s top tech veterans. In August 2016, Hike became the 10th Indian company to receive a valuation of over USD 1 billion. It also became the fastest company in India to attain a Unicorn status, having reached the milestone in just 3.7 years. With this milestone, Kavin also became the “youngest Indian to create a $1B+ company in India” (28 at the time).
Hike was launched in December 2012 with a simple idea that in a mobile first market like India, where the first screen for most would be a mobile device, one could bring India online through messaging. Hike today, as a result, is a new kind of messaging app that not only simplifies how people connect with one another, but is also changing the way they interact with content and services on mobile. Over 40 billion messages are exchanged on Hike every month, 300 million stickers are exchanged daily and in November 2017, there were over 10 million transactions on Hike Wallet, within just a few months from its launch.
In January 2018, Hike launched ‘Total, built by hike’, a radical new way to bring the next billion people onto Data. Total has 4 key elements to it:
The simple belief is that to get a billion people online, we need to make the whole process of coming online a lot simpler and less intimidating. In India, despite the recent data growth, still less than 20% of the population has access to real internet (classified as 1 GB+).
Kavin completed his Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Management (M.Eng.) from Imperial College, London. During his summer breaks at college, he interned at some of the world’s leading companies such as McLaren Racing, Google and Goldman Sachs.
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