Agrawal is an important part of the team that will launch Facebook’s ‘Conversations’ feature
Mark Zuckerberg may still be wearing hoodies to the board room, but post Facebook’s highly-anticipated-but-ultimately-deflated IPO, he is trying very hard to take the company to the next level. With reports of millions of teenagers abandoning the social network, Facebook is trying desperately to grow up and one of the paths it has chosen to do that is acquisitions. Its latest acqui-hire where it acquires a company and hires all the companies’ employees is Branch, the link-sharing service that brings people with similar interests together to talk to each other.
By acquiring Branch, Facebook is hoping to start a new feature called ‘Conversations’ which will let users ‘connect around their interests’, which will complement its new News Feed feature. Along with this new capability, Facebook has also hired the great team behind Branch, among whom is Harsh Agrawal, the co-founder of Branch.
A graduate of the New York University, Agrawal has worked as an Assistant Researcher at the university’s Biochemistry Department and as a learning assistant at the same university’s College Learning Center. Before co-founding Branch along with its CEO Josh Miller, Agrawal who says he ‘likes building systems that help people’ has worked on the launch of hackNY.org, which aims to help the next generation of hackers from New York through the hackNY Fellows program and the hackNY student hackathon.