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Hike messenger has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Matt Mullenweg, co founder of WordPress, Adam D’Angelo, founder of Quora and Aditya Agarwal and Ruchi Sanghvi, both former Dropbox employees, in their personal capacities. All four investors will play advisors to the company.

Hike previously raised $65 million in funding from Tiger Global and Bharti SoftBank (BSB) in August 2014, four months after having raised $14 million in a round from BSB. The company, which launched globally in December 2012, had also raised $7 million from BSB four months after its launch.

30 billion monthly messages: Last month Hike announced that its users now exchanged over 1 billion messages per day, or over 30 billion per month. According to the company, this number has grown by 50% in the span of the last 3 months, after it reported 20 billion messages monthly in August.

Indic language launch: The same month, Hike also launched in 8 Indic languages including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu. Other than the multilingual interface, the app will also come with a multilingual keyboard letting users type in the supported 9 languages.

Hindi news: Hike started aggregating Hindi news stories in September, and had said then that it would roll out this feature for other regional languages as well. The messenger initially launched the News feature in August in English, aggregating stories from various leading dailies.

Other developments:

– Earlier today, Hike launched a feature called ‘Car Match’, allowing Hike users match, connect, chat and share rides with friends, acquaintances and others. The app also matches odd numbered cars with even numbered cars in the same category in the vicinity, so users can share rides with each other.

– In October, Hike introduced a new feature called Hike Direct, allowing users to send messages off grid, i.e. without the use of telecom networks or an active Internet connection. Hike Direct uses the same WiFi radio that connects phones to the Internet and establishes a peer-to-peer network between two users.