Hike is the largest India-based mobile app, providing instant messaging services to over 35 million users. Over 50% are active every month. Hike handles over 10 billion messages per month and over 3 billion stickers per month. Over 90% users from India; over 80% under the age of 25. Hike recently raised $65 million funding from Tiger Global with participation from BSB, a joint-venture between Bharti Enterprises and SoftBank Corp.
Hike is founded by Kavin Bharti Mittal, son of Sunil Mittal, Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises, the parent company of Airtel, in 2012. Hike has been the number 1 free app in India recently on both Google Play and iOS App Store surpassing the leaders like Whatsapp, WeChat etc. Hike is the fastest growing mobile app in India adding more than 300k hike users per day. Hike is available on iOS, android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Symbian.
The below timeline depicts the story of Hike so far. The free messaging app of India for India.
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All the images and sources referenced to Hike blog.