Growth Matters: Netvibes makes Europe more social

Peter Cohan

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.

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."