Where is the Netvibes Logo ?


I was looking for a Netvibes logo and I did not found one !

There is a white plus on a green square favicon.ico, there is a strange sun on brown ground for the ecosystem, a Netvibes script but no real Logo!


WHO is behind Netvibes_part3


this is part 3 of a discussion started here.

5) Hubert MICHAUX, Network Marketing Manager, French, thertysomething.

From his blog, we know that Hubert has joined Netvibes in August 2006 as the Network Marketing Manager. Previously he was working for French travel leader Opodo.fr as Marketing & CRM manager and was more involved with e-commerce.

to be continued (Part 4)


N° of Posts on Netvibes in TECHNORATI

This charts updates everyday directly from Technorati

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WHO is Behind NETVIBES_part 2


some days ago I started the first part of "Who is behind Netvibes"

Now I will continue with top managent positions.

I surprised me to notice that all top Management is ... French!

4) Freddy MINI, from May 2008 new CEO
(was Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Netvibes), French

Now based in San Francisco, Freddy joined Netvibes in July 2006 as you can read in his French Blog.
Freddy's job description in his CV :
In charge of Netvibes business operations, including business development, sales and marketing.
Main tasks: creating and delivering netvibes business model and create US operations
CEO, netivbes, Inc. - San Francisco, CA

So, his main task is to "build" Netvibes in the USA where half of Netvibes audience is already.

netvibes, inc. has just been created and its address is:
840 battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Freddy has also chosen a new PR agency : Antenna Group, already involved with Ask, WebEx, Commission Junction, Alexa, etc, etc...

Freddy Mini, is also, at the moment:

  • Owner, General Manager at eMini
  • Board position, Chief Marketing Officer at AgendiZe
to be continued (Part 3)


What is the Business Model of Netvibes ?


after an introduction in a previous post, here what the persons behind Netvibes have declared on the subject.

Gigaom blog reported the following:

"Krim (Tariq KRIM, the founder and CEO of Netvibes) did tell us that the company is making some money from referrals and affiliate deals. In the near future there will be premium module deals. I suspect you would see more companies to follow in the footsteps of travel search engine, Mobissimo, which announced a Netvibes module today."

and also that:
"Tariq (KRIM) told Liz, while she was working for Red Herring, that Netvibes was going to try to get distribution deals with big media companies to have branded personalized homepages. That sounds like a promising business, but skepticism prevails. "

On the IHT in August 2006, we have this piece of news:

"Krim admitted that the site's revenue model was not clear, but said it could include payments from Web sites whose feeds go through Netvibes pages or charging a premium for prominent placement of a site's feed.
"I am not worried about revenue right now, I am concerned about the user experience," Krim said. "Once users are happy, I am sure the revenue model will make itself clear."
Netvibes' latest investors, of course, expressed confidence.
"With Netvibes becoming a browser within a browser for millions, it suddenly becomes a very attractive business model and easy to monetize," said Danny Rimer, the London-based general partner for Index Ventures, which co-led the recent round of investment. "We don't invest in companies unless they have a standalone business."

to be continued...

All day active users of Nertvibes: 500.000 !


in my previous post I referred to the 5.000.000 "users" claimed by Netvibes.

There are many voices even in the competion to ask for much clearer definition of "user".

In the same post of Mashable: in comment N°2; Christoph Janz from competitor Pageflakes.com
was asking: "What’s the definition of a “user” in that context? A registered user? Someone who came to the site once? An active user who spends at least one hour on the site per week? A user who visits the site daily? Obviously, this makes a HUGE difference (easily by a factor of 100 or more). "

I would assume that in Netvibers case "a user" is "just" a registred user: someone having typed in "email address" and having chosen a password. The email is not necessary a working one as no authorization code is sent to it...

So, Netvibes in little more than a year time has succeded in having 5.000.000 users...

How many are using it every day ?
Only their servers could tell us or Tariq KRIM himself.

In Gigaom of last September we found that :

  1. "KRIM says his company now has five million active users and growing fast".
  2. " half the users are from the U.S., and are amongst Netvibes’ most demanding (in terms of using features and bandwidth) users"

But in an interview with the IHT in August 2006, Krim is reported declaring: " more than five million users have now signed up to use it" and also that: "10 percent of users (of) the site remains active all day long"


Official Netvibes Signed-Up Users: 5.000.000

All Day Active Netvibers: 500.000

to be continued...

Netvibes numbers (updated)


I have done some data-mining on numbers about Netvibes.

  1. SIGNED-UP users claimed by Netvibes : 5.000.000
  2. ALL DAY USERS declared by Netvibes : 10% = 500.000
  3. number of employees : 11-50
  4. number of deli.ci.us bookmarks: 15.444
  5. total number of Modules available: 523
  6. most downloaded module : Netvibes Customize by FaziBear : 20.256
  7. second most downloaded module : Sudoku by Netvibes user : 13.541
  8. total number of Feeds available: 7.150
  9. most downloaded feed: Dream Girls by Kenny : 4.765
  10. second most downloaded feed: Top modules by Maurice : 2.717
  11. total number of Podcast available: 614
  12. most downloaded podcast: this WEEK in TECH by Netvibes user : 1.021
  13. total number of Events available : 132
  14. most downloaded event: Musicians Birthdays by ZsoltP : 1.615
  15. total number of Tabs available: 2.126
  16. most downloaded tab: Web 2.0 by Netvibes user : 4.262

What’s the business model for a start page like NETVIBES?


I was wondering about the future of Netvibes (and other start pages).

What is their business model ? How they will earn money ?
Why asking ? Well, when the first money will run out (15 milions US$ for Netvibes) how can a one company-one service survive ? And if it does not, where I am going to move all my pages, reeders, feeds, tabs that day by day I have added to it ?

So here is a first round of ideas...

Specialists and observers think that for the kind of services offered by Netvibes and competitors there are few possibilities:
Pete Cashmore from Mashable thinks of : " subscriptions, partnerships and licensing".
So here is my list:

1) subscription:
you pay to use your page... humm not very tempting if competition is large and most of internet is still free.
A competitor, Goowy, has declared in July 2006 in their Forum: "We will always have a free goowy offering, however we will start to offer premium services and a small business hosted / enterprise version to build revenue for the company."

2) partnership:
in this case, the start page will charge transaction fees to a selection of "partners" business.
You could imagine a business, say Ebay, paying a fee for transaction "born" in a start page.
On the other way, the page is just importing a service not creating a traffic or an audience.

3) licensing:
this time, the concept is sold to small business or "Large organizations" to let them implement an "official dynamic starting page". I can imagine a Financial services House with lots of branches presenting by the intranet to all staff an unique starting page with all "official data updated", "official email and rss" and yet a small possibility for the user to adapt it at its own taste and screen.
That solution would be a "low profile" as the page brand should dissapear replaced by the "official" one.

4) advertising:
I agree with Pete : "Whether ajax start pages can support an ad-based model remains to be seen, but Microsoft and Google could probably pull it off" and more Google than MS...
I think, that for a very good service for a start page, a text line advertsing or a small ad screen would be acceptable by the majority of users.
In that case, data mining will be foundamental in offering to advertisers buyers profiles even more precise than the ones offered by Google (if it does not offer the same level of service)

5) selling out to Big Player:
Well a probable future for the bests.
As a result, the financing of the service is no more based on its self but on the possible synergies. That could mean: Advertising or more "controlled service" with less choices available.
Let's say that Google gets Netvibes, then the email module will show only Gmail, the map module will show only Google Map and so on... Of course you could add your own API but how many could do it alone ?

6) a mix free + suscription:
If the start page can go also on Mobile (and I am sure it will) then it will be able to charge for the subscription or data sending as the Mobile industry is already doing with success.
I agree with Russel Beatty : "(Mobile) Companies every day have no qualms about charging 25 cents to send 160 characters of data from one person to another, or have no problems charging $3.00 for a 10kb .gif image or a bad .midi version of a popular song, or even up to $10.00 for a small Java clone of Tetris - a 20 year old game. Unlike the web world, the mobile world is accustomed to charging for every thing that has the slightest bit of value".
The Web side of the start page will stay free and returns will come with the Mobile side of it.

My guess for Netvibes:
Option 5) selling out before end 2007 or option 6) after

Here what Tariq KRIM declared in their blog: "also, i'd just like to reiterate that netvibes will remain free of charge."

here a list of good discussions on the subject:

to be continued...


Who is behind Netvibes ? part 1


never wondered to know who is behind Netvibes ?

Here is what I found ... not on their web site but looking on Google.

1) Tariq KRIM, Founder and first CEO of Netvibes (2005-2008): French, born October 25, 1972
Studied engineering at ENST in Paris, one of France's grandes écoles, and went back to America for an internship at Sun Microsystems.
On his blog, we are informed this Pionner of French Internet, back in 1993 had founded the first Web radio in Paris and was then fully involved in the new digital sound arena.
In 1996 he in the Sylicon Valley but hen he comes back to Paris to work as a joiurnalist for La Tribune. In 1997 he is back in the States where the Digital Music Industry is growing.
Back again in France in 1999 and, end 1999, he launches mptrois.com provinding download links to MP3 files with the agreement of the right holders.
The web site becomes then GenerationMP3.com a still successful French blog/Forum on MP3 players.
On the side, Tariq gets also involved with P2P networks and acts as a consultant for many different players of the internet business.

The 15th of September 2005, he launches NETVIBES.
In May 2008, Krim resigns as CEO but will remain on the Board.
New CEO is now Freddy Mini, former COO.

Video interview of October 2006 of Tariq on YouTube , another one of October 2006 on MobuzzTv, here another one of May 2006, a French interview of March 2006

2) Florent FREMONT, founder and developer of Netvibes: French, born 1978

Florent is a web developer specialized on interface design. He’s been developing rich internet applications in Flash since 1999, he is now devoted on building web2.0 services using Ajax and having fun with the DOM.
From his online CV we know that this young developer is involved with Netvibes development since July 2005. He is a founder with Tariq KRIM.
The first message in the Netvibes blog, the 15th September 2005 announcing the first release of netvibes was signed Florent Fremont.

Here an interview with Florent in French and here an early one of October 2005.
Old Blog of Florent FREMONT

3) Pierre CHAPPAZ, co-CEO Netvibes (June 2006-July 2007): French, born 1959 .

This former IBM and TOSHIBA manager with consulting experience decides in 1999 to launch Kelkoo.com with Remy Amouroux, Christophe Odin, Jerome Mercier et Mauricio Lopez.
Kelkoo has since then become the first European shopping search engine almost in every European country with more then 50 millions European users.
In 2004, the company is sold Yahoo for €475 million. Pierre spent a year with Yahoo! in various roles and ultimately as President of Yahoo! Europe.
Now in 2006, he is co-CEO of Netvibes and founder and CEO of Wikio a new user managed news search engine.
He is also director on the board of Photoways the European leader for online photo printing and advisor to the Index Ventures an European venture capital fund that is also founding Netvibes (and one of the first investors in SKYPE).

In July 2007, Pierre CHAPPAZ announces that is quitting all his fonctions in Netvibes but that he remains shareholder

Pierre CHAPPAZ blog in French

to be continued (PART 2) ...


Netvibes Stats with Alexa


You see here a Graph from Alexa to compare the Daily reach in Million for Netvibes, Pageflakes, Webwag, Protopage and to compare with a more sucessful web site, del.icio.us, just click here or on the graph.

Today, Netvibes is the BIG WINNER with more 2.500.000 pages while all the competitors do not reach the 400.000 ...

If you check the 1 year view, http://www.alexa.com
you can see that Netvibes a year ago was playing inn the same category but that since then it is 5 to 6 bigger.

Here is athor set of data you can see on Alexa

Traffic rank:

Today1 wk. Avg.3 mos. Avg.3 mos. Change
685 607 688up 300

Reach per million users:

Today1 wk. Avg.3 mos. Avg.3 mos. Change
2,550 2,730 2,330up 49%

Page Views per user:
Today1 wk. Avg.3 mos. Avg.3 mos. Change
1.3 1.4 1.5down 6%

Well Alexa data are not Nielsen data but a good guess.
Alexa is in fact a website tracking service, based on statistics sent by an Internet Explorer browser toolbar installed on a sampling of Internet users.

You can even install an Alexa Module on your Netvibes


New Link: Google Trends on Netvibes


I just added a new link on the right "Other Netvibes Links".

It is about Google Trends. It is a new service that compares number of Searches for selected item. I choose Netvibes, and its competitors: PageFlakes, Webwag and Protopage.

Search data are just a "good" indication of the interest for a subject. And Netvibes scores the highest:


del.icio.us and Netvibes.com

Until now, December 2006, del.icio.us the online bookamark service has saved Netvibes.com
already 15676 times (updated) !

Check it at:


I have saves the link here on the right and I will update it regularly

New Netvibes users Forum available

A new Netvibes Forum for users has been created.
Visit the forum: http://netvibes.7.forumer.com/

Instead of posting lists in the Wiki.Netvibes.com, all users will be able to post new topics with requests and comments in this new Forum.

Discussions will be possible to achieve the best result with the help of everyone.

Wiki list was too short and very difficult to read with no place for comments.

A must for every new or expert Netvibers.


Welcome to all Netvibers

Welcome to all Netvibers !

If you are a user of NETVIBES http://netvibes.com, if you plan to become one, if you are just interested in, if you want to know more about it then this BLOG is for you.

I will post ideas, reactions, links,...,

I will test Modules, Feeds, Tabs, ...,

I will relate concepts, discussions, future,...,

I will publish my data mining,

all and mainly on Netvibes.

Please react, it will be my pleasure to discuss with all of you.