Telegram Messenger is a cloud-based instant messaging app that is available on all major platforms such as iOS, Android, and PC. In an age where security and reliability in any software are of paramount importance, Telegram as an app truly stands out due to its robust architecture and rich feature set.
A lot of debate has been raging for a while regarding the origins of Telegram and whether it is secure enough to use, and in this article, we are going to flip through the history books and talk about the origins of the Telegram Messenger.
Telegram was started in 2013 by the Durov brother (Nikolai Durov and Pavel Durov). The two brothers were previosuly known to have started the Russian social network VK, which was eventually bought over by the Mail.ru group.
After coming out of VK, the two brothers employed a systematic approach to creating the Telegram messenger, with Nikolai focussing on the MTProto Protocol, which is the backbone of the Telegram Messenger, and Pavel focussing on the financial aspects by providing funds from his Digital fortress fund and bringing on board his business partner at the time, Axel Neff, as a second co founder.
When asked about the end goal of Telegram, the founders have mentioned that the endgame is not profit, however, if you look up Telegram on the internet, it is not registered as a nonprofit entity. This allows us to assume that Telegram would love to generate substantial profits while maintaining a more impactful end goal.
The geographical origins of Telegram is a bit of a story in itself. The company is registered as an English LLP and also as an American LLC. The registered headquarters were in Germany from 2014 to 2015, but the team had to keep relocating after failing to obtain residence permits for all members of the team.