FIRESIDE CHAT: WHATSAPP, THE ULTIMATE SCALING STORY
The question of scaling is fundamental for a successful company. Scaling the tech and infrastructure, scaling the product, scaling the team, scaling the culture and values. WhatsApp has grown from a small iPhone messaging app to a number one communication platform used by billions of people across the globe. We're going to take a look at some of the key elements of this unique story, talk about some of the lessons and important decisions that helped WhatsApp achieve its current position in the world of mobile communication.
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Sergey Gribov
Partner @ Flint Capital, Boston
Sergey Gribov is Partner at Flint Capital, an early stage venture fund which invests across USA, Israel and Europe. Sergey is also a board member at CyberX, Socure, BrandTotal and others.

Sergey is a technology entrepreneur and investor with more than 20 years of experience. Over the years he participated as a founder or top manager in many startups in USA, Israel and Russia. Sergey has a lot of experience in IT, across such sectors as software development, VoIP, bioinformatics, finance, internet, social networks and e-commerce.

Sergey holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and B.Sc. in Computer Science, Cum Laude from Beer-Sheva University.
Eugene Fooksman
Founding Engineer @ WhatsApp, Menlo Park
Eugene grew up in St Petersburg, Russia. He moved to the Silicon Valley at the age of 23, after getting his MS in Mathematics from St Petersburg State University.

Eugene has spent more than 20 years working as a software engineer for different industries. Most recently Eugene was one of the founding server engineers at WhatsApp and worked there for eight exciting years, eventually advancing to the role of Director of Messaging Infrastructure at WhatsApp after its acquisition by Facebook.

Eugene has left Facebook in 2018 to focus on startups, investments, and philanthropy.