Growth Matters: Netvibes makes Europe more social

With all the gloom in the global economy, I got to wondering whether there is anything else going on in the world of business. I'm looking for growth because I think that's what will ultimately bring the economy out of the doldrums. Not surprisingly, that growth is coming from technology companies. In Growth Matters, I look at consumer technology companies that point the way to growth trends -- and in the process introduce services and products you may want to explore

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Netvibes is one of Europe's biggest social networks. Freddy Mini, its CEO, told me, "Netvibes was founded in September 2005 by Tariq Krim as a way for people to take control of their daily digital lives. The problem he was trying to solve was 'How can I have everything that matters to me on the Internet -- such as my RSS feeds, the weather, my social networking, competitive sports, my start page -- all in one place in a digital dashboard?' This idea evolved into personalized pages for individuals and personalized pages for brands and publishers."