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Type of businessPublic
Type of site
Professional network service
Available inEnglish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian
FoundedParis, France
Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)Dan Serfaty, Thierry Lunati
Revenue$40 million (2009 estimation)[1]
LaunchedMay 2004
Current statusActive

Viadeo is a Web 2.0 professional social network whose members include business owners, entrepreneurs and managers.[2] Viadeo was often compared to LinkedIn, offering free access but not being able to compete with the larger corporation.[3] As of 2014, the site had 65 million members.[4]

Company information

Viadeo usage by continent in 2010

Viadeo was founded under its original name, Viaduc, in May 2004 by Dan Serfaty, a graduate of the HEC School of Management in Paris, and Thierry Lunati, a graduate of École centrale Paris. The name was changed to Viadeo in November 2006.[5]

From November 2006 to August 2007, Viadeo raised €5 million twice in funding from investors AGF Private Equity and Ventech.[6] Later that year, Viadeo announced the acquisition of Tianji.com, a Chinese business social network.

Six months after purchasing Tianji, in July 2008 Viadeo acquired its Spanish competitor ICTnet. Launched in 1995, ICTnet had 300,000 members and is popular in South America.[7]

In early 2009, Viadeo acquired the Indian professional social networks services, ApnaCircle. ApnaCircle, with 300,000 members at the time of the acquisition, was founded by Yogesh Bansal and later joined by Sabeer Bhatia, co-founder of Hotmail, as board member.[8]

On 13 October 2009, Viadeo announced the acquisition of the Canadian contact management website, unyk.com. At the time, unyk had 16 million members around the world, and this made Viadeo second only to its main competitor LinkedIn in terms of total membership.[9]

The company is headquartered in Paris, and employs a global staff of 450, with offices in London, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Beijing, New Delhi, Mexico City, Montreal, and San Francisco.[10][11] In 2009, Viadeo had estimated annual turnover of $40 million [1] and is profitable since last quarter of 2009.[10]

In August 2015, Viadeo announced they had engaged in an advertising campaign in France to promote a 'new vision' and that the member base had passed the 10 million mark in France.[12]

In 2016, after a failed attempt to conquer international markets, the company was taken over by Le Figaro.[13]


See also


  1. ^ a b "Ferris Research - Viadeo: Professional Networking". Ferris Research. 16 December 2009. Archived from the original on 14 November 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Viadeo Raises $32M To Expand Its Professional Social Network In China, Russia And Beyond". TechCrunch.com. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  3. ^ Richaud, Nicolas (30 November 2016). "Comment Viadeo a fini par valoir 2.440 fois moins que LinkedIn". Les Echos. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Viadeo continues to grow: 65 million members worldwide, including 25 million in China". Viadeo SA. 11 December 2014. Archived from the original on 14 December 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Réseaux sociaux: Viaduc devient Viadeo pour attaquer l'international," ZDnet.fr, 27 Nov. 2006
  6. ^ "LinkedIn Competitor Viadeo Raises €5 Million". mashable.com. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Viadeo acquiert le réseau social professionnel espagnol ICTnet" (in French). TechCrunch.com. 12 July 2008. Archived from the original on 6 May 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  8. ^ "French Business Networking Site Viadeo Acquires ApnaCircle". VC Circle. 14 February 2009. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  9. ^ "Viadeo buys Unyk, second only to LinkedIn". Reuters. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Viadeo looking for buys, opens U.S. office". Reuters. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Viadeo opens Asia/Pacific headquarters in San Francisco" (PDF). Viadeo. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Viadeo: Results for the First Half of 2015". Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  13. ^ "Figaro Classifieds, la filiale petites annonces du groupe de médias, reprend Viadeo". Le Monde.fr. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  14. ^ "Checkmate? MySpace, Bebo and SixApart To Join Google OpenSocial (confirmed)". TechCrunch.com. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2010. MySpace and Six Apart join Orkut, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Ning, Hi5, Plaxo, Friendster, Viadeo and Oracle as announced Google partners.
  15. ^ "Viadeo's "Global-Yet-Local" B2B Social Network Integrates with IBM Lotus Software to Provide Collaboration Tools for Professionals". IBM. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  16. ^ "Viadeo signs a partnership agreement with Microsoft as Office 2010 is launched worldwide" (PDF). Viadeo. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010.[permanent dead link]