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Viadeo Announces Acquisition of Contact Management App Soocial

Press Releases   •   Nov 29, 2011 09:32 GMT

Provides Advanced Contact Management and Address Book Synchronisation for Over 500 Services and Devices to Viadeo’s 40 Million Global Members

London, November 29, 2011Viadeo, the business social network with 40 million members worldwide, announced today the acquisition of Dutch start-up Soocial. Founded in 2006, Soocial specializes in contact management and universal contact synchronization. As part of the acquisition, Soocial’s development staff will be joining Viadeo to work towards improving overall user experience on the Viadeo professional social network.

With the acquisition, Viadeo will provide the best of Soocial’s features to help members manage, organize, back up and easily and safely share their address books. The features will allow members to synchronize their contacts across more than 500 platforms, messaging services and devices, including PCs and smartphones.

“Contact and synchronization management can quickly become a nightmare for a professional who must often juggle multiple formats of business cards and various electronic devices,” said Dan Serfaty, CEO and founder of Viadeo. “We are very pleased to announce the Soocial acquisition, which will provide  our 40 million members worldwide with the best technology to manage their contacts.”

“We are very excited to be working with Viadeo,” said Stefan Fountain, co-founder and CEO of Soocial. “This acquisition allows us to work together to achieve a common goal of providing our members with a way to get the best and the most out of their contacts—ultimately expanding their network.”

“We are very happy with the acquisition of Soocial and the great new home for the company. The deal with Viadeo will not only expose Soocial’s service to a new group of users but will also provide a great environment for further development of the service. Congratulations to Stefan and his team, we wish them all the best” said Mark de Lange, Managing Director of Global Grid Capital.

About Viadeo

Founded in 2004, Viadeo is one of the largest professional social networks in the world with 40 million members.  With a dominant position in Europe and the BRIC countries, Viadeo brings business opportunities to professionals all around the world, and focuses on a multi-local approach to social networking.

Viadeo’s members consist of business owners, entrepreneurs and managers from a diverse range of businesses–from start-up to well-established companies. The Viadeo group employes 310 people across 10 offices around the world, in the UK (London), US (San Francisco), Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), Italy (Milan), China (Beijing), India (New Delhi), Mexico (Mexico City) and Senegal (Dakar).

Our Website: www.viadeo.com

Viadeo is a professional social network with over 40 million members. Viadeo is used by those who want to: 

  • Increase their business opportunities (to discover new clients, staff and business partners)
  • Enhance their visibility and their online reputation
  • Manage and develop their network of professional contacts. 

 

Viadeo’s members consist of business owners, entrepreneurs and managers from a diverse range of businesses both start-up and well-established. Every day Viadeo attracts more than 30,000 new members; 150,000 new connections are made and over 3 million profiles are viewed. 

Based in Paris (head office), Viadeo also has offices and teams in the UK (London), US (San Francisco), Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), Italy (Milan), China (Beijing), India (New Delhi), Mexico(Mexico City) and Senegal (Dakar). The company employs 310 staff worldwide.


Provides Advanced Contact Management and Address Book Synchronisation for Over 500 Services and Devices to Viadeo’s 40 Million Global Members

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Tianji releases new infographic on professional social networking highlighting China’s unique internet culture

Press Releases   •   Oct 31, 2011 09:35 GMT

Tianji CEO Derek Ling to Judge at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing Startup Battlefield

San Francisco, CA, and Beijing, China, October 31, 2011 – Tianji, a Viadeo company and the leading professional social network in China with over 8 million members, today released a new infographic featuring interesting facts related to China’s Internet culture, and how they differ from Western-style social networking. 

 ”Although Tianji is already the number one professional social network in China with over 8 millions members—growing at around 380,000 new members daily—the market for professional networks in China is still in its infancy,” said Derek Ling, CEO, Tianji.  “The professional social network is poised for exponential growth, and we are best-positioned to capitalize on it because we understand the Internet culture here in China, and can take those characteristics into consideration for a social network that caters to the Chinese market.”

Some of the statistics from the infographic include the following:

-Chinese professionals do not separate Social, Family and Work.  As a result, professionals typically need to make a “personal connection” before developing a business relationship.

-One out of twenty Tianji members is a part of the “local elite” comprised of professionals at the C-level, vice presidents and entrepreneurs.

-Popular conversations on Tianji include food, relationships and respect for parents.

More facts are available and can be viewed at (Placeholder for link to Infographic)

About Tianji

Tianji (www.tianji.com) isChina’s largest professional network with 8 million members.  The membership base is primarily consist of mid to upper mid level professionals, and graduates of top universities in China.  As a social network for professionals, Tianji’s core value propositions are keeping in touch with professional contacts, job and career development, and finding business opportunities.

Tianji is currently experiencing rapid growth — from 100,000 new members per month early 2011 to 380,000 new members joining each month today.

It was acquired by Viadeo in 2009.  The Viadeo Group is now the world’s largest professional network in non-English speaking markets with 40 million users, with strong presence inEuropeand emerging countries.

About Viadeo

With representatives on all five continents, the Viadeo Group offers network development solutions and business opportunities at both local and global level to over 35 million professional people.  Based inParis, the company has offices in the US(San Francisco), United Kingdom (London), Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), Italy (Milan) , Senegal (Dakar), China (Beijing), India (New Delhi) and Mexico (Mexico City).

Founded in 2004, Viadeo is one of the largest professional social networks in the world with 40 million members.  With a dominant position in Europe and the BRIC countries, Viadeo brings business opportunities to professionals all around the world, and focuses on a multi-local approach to social networking.

Viadeo’s members consist of business owners, entrepreneurs and managers from a diverse range of businesses–from start-up to well-established companies. The Viadeo group employes 310 people across 10 offices around the world, in the UK (London), US (San Francisco), Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), Italy (Milan), China (Beijing), India (New Delhi), Mexico (Mexico City) and Senegal (Dakar).

Our Website: www.viadeo.com

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Tianji releases new infographic on professional social networking highlighting China’s unique internet culture

Press Releases   •   Oct 31, 2011 09:35 GMT

Tianji CEO Derek Ling to Judge at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing Startup Battlefield

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Driving forward the efficiency of social recruiting – Viadeo Recruiter

Press Releases   •   Oct 05, 2011 08:58 BST

Professional social network - Viadeo - has released improvements to its flagship hiring solution, Viadeo Recruiter. Following its launch to existing clients in July, the new release enables recruiters to socialise their recruitment processes through targeted job advertising and powerful candidate sourcing tools.

Key tools within Viadeo Recruiter: Talent Bank and Pushed Job Ads
At the heart of Viadeo Recruiter is Talent Bank. This enables a recruiter to dynamically  search and refine potential candidates by using regularly updated information on member profiles. Social enhancement allows recruiters to instantly view degrees of separation with potential candidates and subsequently facilitate personal introductions. These attributes enable recruiters to unlock the mass of hidden talent within the Viadeo network and successfully initiate contact with desirable candidates.

Creating Pushed Job Ads allows recruiters to take a proactive approach to recruitment by accurately targeting members with desirable experience and skills. Potential candidates are ranked using a score tool to streamline the selection process. This feature combined with job alerts for defined job role criteria means that recruiters have more time to send on candidate selection.

The unique aspect of Viadeo Recruiter is found in the ability to take personalised approach
to initiating contact with candidates and appropriately delivering job profiles to the best
talent.

Improved productivity and communication tools
The September release of Viadeo Recruiter includes a number of new enhancements that
increase the productivity of recruiters.

 “Best match” candidates - following the publishing of a job ad, Viadeo Recruiter
instantly mines the network of 35 million members to identify the “best matches”.
 Candidate tagging – candidates identified through a Talent Bank search can be
grouped using keywords allowing a recruiter to build a pool of potential talent.
 Communication management - all communication between recruiters and
candidates can be managed using filters to ensure efficient candidate sourcing.
 Job Alert Advertising – candidates receive regular alerts to new roles based on
their job search criteria. These alerts now include a dedicated section to allow
recruiters to communicate their employer brand and job opportunities with
candidates.

“The key to successful social recruiting is to target candidates and build relationships with
them in a personal way,” said Peter Crosby, Chief Sales Officer of Viadeo. “With the demise
of job boards and reduced quality of traditional candidate databases, recruiters are turning
to social recruiting to enhance and compliment their other hiring activities. It is vital that we are relentless in pushing the boundaries of social recruiting and continually evolve Viadeo
Recruiter to meet the ongoing needs of our clients.”

About Viadeo
With 35 million professional members, Viadeo is one of the world’s largest professional social
networking platforms. Founded in 2004, Viadeo’s network spans five continents including
Asia, where membership is expanding rapidly in emerging economies such as China
(Tianji.com) and India (ApnaCircle.com). Viadeo currently has offices in Paris, London, San
Francisco, Beijing, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Dakar, New Delhi and Mexico City.
Headquartered in Paris, Viadeo has 260 employees.
www.viadeo.com

Viadeo is a Web 2.0 professional social network with over 35 million members worldwide in 2010,and a membership base that was growing by more than one million per month in 2009. Members include business owners, entrepreneurs and managers from a diverse range of enterprises. The site is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Professional social network - Viadeo - has released improvements to its flagship hiring solution, Viadeo Recruiter. Following its launch to existing clients in July, the new release enables recruiters to socialise their recruitment processes through targeted job advertising and powerful candidate sourcing tools.

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Professional social network Viadeo launches personalised Smart News aggregator

News   •   Jun 20, 2011 14:51 BST

Professional social network Viadeo may be big in parts of the world that LinkedIn isn’t, but that doesn’t mean it can’t occasionally take a leaf out of its rival’s book once in a while.

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Viadeo Adds It's Service to Social Media Platform, Seesmic

Press Releases   •   Apr 26, 2011 14:40 BST

Desktop access to Viadeo alongside other social sites such as Twitter or Salesforce Chatter

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Women are flocking to professional social networks

Press Releases   •   Mar 08, 2011 07:39 GMT

Global professional social network Viadeo is showing its support for International Women’s Day today and female workers everywhere by displaying a modified logo on Tuesday, 8th March. Women membership has increased by 13 percent in the UK and women are now the most active on the site.

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About Viadeo

Your network is more powerful than you think

Viadeo is a professional social network with over 45 million members. Viadeo is used by those who want to:
• Increase their business opportunities (to discover new clients, staff and business partners)
• Enhance their visibility and their online reputation
• Manage and develop their network of professional contacts.

Viadeo’s members consist of business owners, entrepreneurs and managers from a diverse range of businesses both start-up and well-established. Every day Viadeo attracts more than 30,000 new members; 150,000 new connections are made and over 3 million profiles are viewed.

Based in Paris (head office), Viadeo also has offices and teams in the UK (London), US (San Francisco), Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), Italy (Milan), China (Beijing), India (New Delhi), Mexico(Mexico City) and Senegal (Dakar). The company employs 310 staff worldwide.

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  • 52 Stamford Street
  • SE1 9LX London, UK