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Netvibes: a true entrepreneur school !

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 10:36:00 +0000

It was a few months that this Netviber Experience blog was sleeping, when, just a few days ago, was launched the new start-up of Tariq Krim, the Founder and former CEO of Netvibes :, the EasySimple cloud-based netbook Os.As I am very interested in the subject, I checked for Tariq Krim's new Team and I was not surprised to see working with him 2 former interns at Netvibes, the best Personalized Startpage.That gave me the idea to check "What the other Netvibes team members have become ?"And after a few searches and emails here is the result:First, the team running Netvibes after his departure, is still the one he hired : Freddy Mini (CEO) , Annabelle Malherbe (CFO), Franck Mahon (VP Product) Florent Solt (CTO) , Maurice Sway (Lead Designer) , Stefan Lecher and Chris Damson (Business development).Second, what strikes me the most is that Tariq Krim is not only one of the best Web talent-scout but also that his presence, his visions and charisma have produced what I would call an "European start-up syndrome" similar at what you can see in the Silicon Valley.Just check the list of Former Netvibes' team members or interns, that have spread out of Netvibes and you will agree with me !This list is in no particular order and if somebody knows more, please let me know ;-)"Génération Netvibes" : the entrepreneurs vibes,- Romain Huet,Co-Founder of JoliCloud with Tariq KrimLead Developer Hubert Michaux,Co-founder & CEO at HelloCotonhttp://www.Hellocoton.frVictor Cerutti,Co-founders & CTO at HelloCoton François Hodierne,Founder at h6e and ladistribution http://h6e.netFounder at Blogmarks.net Marc Thouvenin,Founder and CEO of Regioneo Alexander Kirk,Founder of Factolex (Austria) Gang Lu,Co-Founder of OpenWeb Asia Colin Romain,Founder and CEO of Fubiz Florent Gibeaud,Co-Founder of Investside and Keo Networks Christophe Dufour,Co-Founder and CEO of Investside and CEO of Keo Networks Aurélien Faches,Co-Founder of Aaaliens Michael Cohen,Founder and CEO of a new company (if anyone has the name let me know)- Jean Francois Groff,CTO at Fairtilizer and founder at Viztahttp://fairtilizer.comUPDATE:- Nicolas Dangler, mixin.ComCo-Founder of Mixin.comhttp://Mixin.comI also tracked the others who left:- Antoine Marguerie,Lead Designer at Fairtilizer Laure Chouillou ,Communication Manager at Forum Netexplorateur- François Bureau,Support & QA Manager at Citiesxl Tristan Groléat,Intern at Jolicloudhttp://www.jolicloud.comSo, 13 14 people left Netvibes to create their own company and become an entrepreneur, 4 are in the internet start-up business and, as far as I know, the rest of the team is still in place, Preparing this list, I also thought at all of those who were influenced by Tariq Krim' Netvibes approach and, yes, I admit it, I was among them !First, I just launched a new blog about ... Jolicloud , called : JoliCloud Experience !But that is not all, I am also preparing to launch a new Web Venture with my partner Kim : 1PRISM.comSo, Thanks Tariq ! And, Who is Next ? ;-)Netviber Experience Feeds ideas, reactions, tests, data mining and experiences about NETVIBES[...]

... and Netviber Experience' (NetEx) blog will stop here !

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 07:33:00 +0000

Hi to all my readers,

When I started this Netviber Experience' blog in December 2006, Netvibes was a young 1 year old start-up.

Now Netvibes has turned 3 and is a "mature company" ;-).

I think that this blog has completed its mission and I have decided that this will be my last post here !

Don't be sad, I will continue to participate with my own posts in Netvibes itself.

Just follow me from my Universe: .
(click on my profile and add me to your friends. It will be a pleasure for me :-)

Then I will also continue to post on twitter, friendfeed, facebook, ...

So thank you to all and...

Arrivederci !

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Happy Brithday, Netvibes !!! 3 Years !!!

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 07:30:00 +0000

Time flies !!

Jouyeux Anniversaire !!!

Buon Conpleanno !!!

Happy Birthday !!!(image)

Netvibes never closes, but this NetEx Blog does...

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 10:09:00 +0000

... so I will take 2 weeks off. No, do not cry ! I will be back :-)

And do you want to know what are the books I'll take with me ? Well, just check the cover here. It was spotted my 5 years old daughter among millions of books.

And It is just what I was looking for: another vision on our everchanging life

Microtrends: Surprising Tales of the Way We Live Today
by Mark J. Penn, E. Kinney Zalesne

It has good reviews and looks as good bet for a summer reading with kids around. I'll let you know...

And I will bring also The Best Seller "Millenium" novel series by STIEG LARSSON.

All I read about it is this : "An epic tale of serial murder and corporate trickery spanning several continents, the novel takes in complicated international financial fraud and the buried evil past of a wealthy Swedish industrial family."

Please to not tell me how it ends :) but feel free to leave me your own reading suggestions !(image)

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 21:53:00 +0000

All It Takes To Inflate Your FeedBurner Numbers Is a Netvibes Account . Check

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 20:55:00 +0000

Confirmed Water on Mars: Biggest science news of the decade ?(image)

Confirmed Water on Mars: that is gretest news of the decade !

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 20:53:00 +0000

but nobody is reacting :(

New Netvibes Buzz is here

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:14:00 +0000

Fast and set on 48 hours . Would love a Weekly and Montly ranking if on holidays;)(image)

New Netvibes Activities board is super fast

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:11:00 +0000

try Suggestion?
I would like to be able to Star them here(image)

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 13:23:00 +0000

want also to be a Beta tester for ? Use this code: pingadactyl FAST , will not last long ;)(image)

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 13:20:00 +0000

posting from, works also on Blogger(image)


Fri, 25 Jul 2008 12:54:00 +0000

I am posting in one click the same update and micro-blogging to all my social services: FB, FF,, Twitter ...(image) is down : Day 2.

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 12:33:00 +0000

Any news??(image)

My worst nightmare ? My Netvibes page invaded by smileys ;

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:56:00 +0000

(image) check out this awful Netvibes's clone : smileycentral(image)

Anyone already on (OpenSource Twitter-Like) ? Join me!

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:24:00 +0000

Best idea for Summer 2008: TechCrunch's Web Tablet For $200

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 11:00:00 +0000

(image) Nik Cubrilovic and Michael Arrington of tech blog have launched what I found the most interesting idea for this Summer: "Today at Techcrunch we announced that we are building our own web tablet hardware device:
A web Tablet for just 200$"

"Here’s the basic idea: The machine is as thin as possible, runs low end hardware and has a single button for powering it on and off, headphone jacks, a built in camera for video, low end speakers, and a microphone. It will have Wifi, maybe one USB port, a built in battery, half a Gigabyte of RAM, a 4-Gigabyte solid state hard drive. Data input is primarily through an iPhone-like touch screen keyboard. It runs on linux and Firefox. It would be great to have it be built entirely on open source hardware, but including Skype for VOIP and video calls may be a nice touch, too."

The Best part of it is the TOUCH SCREEN and also the collaborative side of the project:

"The goal is to keep the machine very simple and very cheap. I think this will be a lot of fun, and it may just turn into an actual product that we can use to surf the web and talk to our friends.

We’ll be coordinating the project over at TechCrunchIT. Leave a comment there if you want to participate and we’ll be in touch soon."

I like the idea of this low-profile screen that could be in every kitchen and every shop.

More details also here.(image)

I prefer the new Facebook user profile style

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 18:01:00 +0000

check it here

Do you know your Netvibes' user ID number ? Check it out!

Fri, 18 Jul 2008 14:55:00 +0000

mine is: 16994722

Just go here ,
click on your username in the menu,
go bottom of the page and click on JSON icon there check for the first "userId": the number is your own User ID.(image)

Where are the Netvibes' Communities ?

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 11:51:00 +0000

still little buzz, no ? Why ?(image)

NetEx blog goes also mobile:

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 20:53:00 +0000

I just launched the mobile version of Netviber Experience blog (NetEx) check it out here:

You will be able to check ideas, tips and data mining on Netvibes from your mobile phone (wap) or iphone ;)

As you can see it is powered by MOFUSE

"MOFUSE gives content publishers, like bloggers, the ability to publish their content to the mobile web. You don't have to be a content publisher to use MoFuse though, anyone can create a mobile website in just a few minutes using the intuitive MoFuse platform."

MOFUSE powers already:


I miss the possibility to update my Netvibes status from my wap mobile

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 15:23:00 +0000

With the new 3G iphone coming, I wanted to test the mobile versions of Netvibes.

I know that Netvibes' strategy is not focusing on the mobile platform contrary to other competitors like webwag. Nevertheless, when I travelling, I like the idea to be able to check my Netvibes page on my mobile.

I can read feeds and twitts and check and write emails with gmail. And my web browsing is limited to wap compatible websites

But now, with the new open Activities policy by Netvibes, I can also read the feed about my netvibes' friends' Activity, my own activity and the public stream.

What I miss the most is the possibility to update my Netvibes status from my mobile. I miss it because I can update my twitter from my mobile Netvibes but not my own Netvibes activity :(

To go mobile with Netvibes, I found 3 different urls: (the lightweight "basic" version)


I presume that the first 2 give the same results, as it looks like that on my SonyEricsson.

The iphone is reserved for ... well the iphone.(image)

new Buzz and Activities page now officialy available for netvibes

Thu, 03 Jul 2008 16:23:00 +0000

A new green Button: Browse all Activities is now available in your Activities Menu. That way, the buzz and other Activities that I announced are officilay made available to all users.

By clicking the Green Button you will open the new Activities page but that will replace your Netvibes page.

I would prefere to open it in a new window or new tab...

With the Activities page you will be able to follow the Buzz, the public stream and your own your Friends activities.

Personnaly, I would prefer to have a new Buzz icon in the Upper menu to check first the buzz but also the other activities, possibly in a new tab/page and /or in the side bar ;)(image)

new Netvibes' Share option to customize and export UWA Widgets

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 15:24:00 +0000


In a very rich week full of new features (Google search box, Buzz and Public stream) Netvibes will also offering a new Share option to customize the apparence of UWA Widgets.

As the all ecosystem will be rebuilt with new features (n° of installations, platform % and weekly trends) and a better search :), a new option is already offered under the Share menu in the ecosystem bottom menu line.

With this you will be able to export the widget you like (here is mine: the NetEx blog ) with a few customizations and preferences:

  • title of widget
  • height
  • width
  • border colour
  • ...

Very interesting is also the GRAB THE WIDGET CODE window: with a copy/paste you are now able to export any UWA widget and place it on any WEB page (except the ones like Blogger who prevent javascript) !

The applications are with no limits!! The widget revolution is coming ?

Thanks Netvibes!!

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Have you seen the Netvibes sidebar option for your Friends' activities ?

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 13:55:00 +0000

(image) UPDATE: I have changed capture to show that I can follow the Netvibes activities also watching another page... eh eh :) Would be interesting to have an option for showing or not the comments ...

When you are in the new Activities Dashboard,
select the Friends tab and in the menu at the bottom of the page you click on sidebar.

This will install a bookmarklet that is a special bookmark that when you will choose it in your Bookmarks tab of your Browser will open a sidebar, on any page you are looking at, showing your last friends' activities.

It is interesting if you are waiting for an important news and you have good friends :)

There is a 4 choice tab in the sidebar: friends, me, buzz and everyone so you can use it even if you do not have already many friends on Netvibes.

I do not know what is the refreshing rate of the sidebar ...

Works fine with FireFox 3 but I have not tested with IE...

I like it ! Thanks NTVB Team !

You can also see your activities and your friends'activities with RSS or ATOM Feeds, or even a special widget just by clicking on the icons also on the bottom page menu.(image)

With new Netvibes Buzz you will see not just how many shared the news but also who. I like it!

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 13:23:00 +0000

(image) With the new Netvibes'Buzz Dashboard that you can check here : there is a new nice feature.

When you click on the publishing date of every buzz, you are shown with all the users that starred that activity with their comments. Not only your friends but all Netvibes users.

If one buzz was started by you, like the one in the capture it will allow me to see who also shared it and perhaps want to add as new friends some unknown user.

That is the start of a true Netvibes Community

I like that feature.

If you click on the user name, you will see all his activity.(image)