We are excited to share that Pavel Durov, often called the Mark Zuckerberg of Russia, will be speaking at GMIC SV 2014. Pavel had famously offered a job to Edward Snowden and at last year’s GMIC SV, he called Snowden a personal hero for helping to bring more attention to privacy.
Pavel spoke at last year’s GMIC SV, which was his first conference speech after launching Telegram messenger. VK (previously VKontakte) is Russia’s largest social network, Pavel stepped down as the CEO of VK in April this year.
Pavel continues to work on Telegram, which is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed. The Telegram app was downloaded 8 Million times after Facebook acquired WhatsApp and nearly 5 Million people signed up for Telegram, when WhatsApp went down for 4 hours in February this year. Millions of South Koreans turned to Telegram as a response to President Park Geun-Hye crackdown on any messages deemed as insulting to her or rumor-mongering, including messages sent through Kakao Talk, the most popular messaging service in Korea.
At GMIC SV 2013, Pavel spoke about the motivation behind launching Telegram and the future of internet privacy. At GMIC SV 2014, Pavel will talk about the results of Telegram’s first year and about what enabled a new entry to be successful in a saturated market of messaging apps.
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