A lot can happen in two years, but as can be seen from the summaries below, all five have ‘moved on’, pulled in more funding and taken their businesses to another level. These five predictions weren’t too far off the mark and I’m currently putting together another list of five companies that look as if they have huge potential. Any suggestions would be welcomed. Continue reading →
The ‘French LinkedIn’ business social network Viadeo has landed a Series D $32 million funding round split between the French Sovereign Fund, Allianz, Jefferies, Middle Eastern Funds and existing investors.
The new investment will apparently allow Viadeo to accelerate its growth in Europe and China with Tianji its local brand, as well as other key emerging markets. Continue reading →
Business social network Viadeo has acquired Dutch start-up Soocial as ‘the French LinkedIn’ fattens its business for a potential IPO.
According to the company, Soocial’s contact management and universal contact synchronisation will improve user experience on Viadeo’s network and allow members to sync their contacts across more than 500 platforms, messaging services and devices, including PCs and smartphones. Continue reading →
While LinkedIn sits comfortably on its pile of money after this year’s IPO, other companies in the space are challenging its hegemony by targeting markets where LinkedIn is weak.
One such company is Viadeo, sometimes referred to as the ‘French LinkedIn’. It announced at today’s TechCrunch Disrupt in Beijing that it now has 40 million members, and expanding in China after acquiring leading Chinese professional social network Tianji in 2009. Continue reading →