A Turkish engineer at Google, Orkut Buyukkokten started a social network called Orkut.com in 2004.
According to a Forbes report, it gathered 27 million users by 2009. Most of these were from India and Brazil. With time, its sheen wore off, as networks like Facebook and Twitter got ahead in the race.
When Google finally shut it down in September 2014, the internet saw many a nostalgic tributes written to what was for many their introduction to social networking.
Now, 41-year-old Buyukkokten, son of a surgeon father and teacher mom, is back in the game. His new social network Hello is already off the ground, and active in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Ireland among others. The location-based social network is due for launch in India this quarter.
Hello Team and Their Origin
- Buyukkokten Spent over 11 Years at Google and Orkut.com. Later he switched from software engineering to product management and started working very closely with Marissa Mayer (current Yahoo CEO). And he also worked with a huge variety of products at Google which included search, images, video, and so on.
- In March 2014, Buyukkokten left Google with four of his co-workers to start Hello. It has been in the works for over two years.
- Headquartered in San Francisco and with a development office in Mountain View, California, the company has grown to a team of 20 which includes of three engineers from India. Hello is available on both iOS and Android.
- As we already said Hello is already off the ground, and active in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Ireland among others . The team is hoping to launch Hello in India between August and September.
Hello: How does it works ..??
- So what is it that hello has to offer? hello is an interest based network for building communities and matching with people who would share your passion for something.
- It connects you with people and content around your passions, giving you the opportunity to “show the world who you are, express what you love, and create meaningful connections.”
- They have three things to take into account when recommending people – your location, your network, and what passions you have in common
He thinks that Hello is the next logical step after Orkut. He even took a dig at Facebook saying Hello is built on Loves, not Likes.
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