The story of how we got started

Two college students with a new approach to social media

June 2019

Founder Kassandra is gifted an iMac and begins to self teach Swift

Kassandra was tired of the restrictions she faced on social platforms in which her posts were not seen by many friends and felt the pressures of complicated algorithms. With the frustration of other social media content creators, Kassandra begins Hive as a passion project in her bedroom and self-taught herself how to code.

October 2019

Hive’s first app version is launched on the iOS App Store

After coding all summer and even stretching into the first semester of college, Hive was finally finished and released to the iOS App Store!

November 2019

Lead Designer Gil finds the platform from word of mouth and joins the team

Gil first heard of Hive through an art group chat on Twitter and reached out to Kassandra personally. Impressed by his expertise in UI/UX and passion, Kassandra decided he would be perfect as Hive’s Lead Designer. The year of 2020 was spent on market research and UI/UX design before a Winter 2020 release.

February 2021

Hive goes viral on TikTok, trends #1 on Twitter, and reaches #1 on the iOS App Store

After an app update in December 2020 and just one Tiktok promotion video, Hive went viral in the first week of February. Our servers crashed as we welcomed thousands of new Besties to the Hive community. We even reached #1 on the iOS App Store and was featured in Teen Vogue! We grew past 300K users during this time and since then have grown to 600K organically.

May 2021

Lead Developer Daniel is brought on board to build out Hive’s most exciting updates

During our growth, we realized we needed extra help to execute the Hive vision accurately. Enter Daniel, our full stack developer- since he joined, all updates have been released with minimal bugs and the highest praise from our users. He’s currently working on our most anticipated update that’s scheduled for release this Winter 2021!

October 2021

First Check

Most tech companies have funding anywhere from $10 million - $20 million. Hive’s funding, however, originally came from two college students. In October, Hive secured its first check from an angel investor for its pre-seed round!


Our pre-seed round was partially raised and funding is being used for our Winter 2021 Update. Android requests continue to pour in and we expect an Android release to hit the Google Play Store in 2022. A startup is a marathon and our sprint is getting even more exciting!